§ 78. Mr. RICHARDS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that cheap spirits from Hamburg, Rotterdam and Spain are being added by importers to so-called Empire wines and wine cocktails, so that bottles containing these pay only is. 4d. duty, as against 8s. 5½ duty on the equivalent amount of alcohol sold as whisky; and whether he proposes to devise regulations to prevent loss of revenue and this form of encouragement to the consumption of ardent spirits?
I am aware of the provision of the Customs law governing the fortification of wines in bond, and I am also aware of the comparison between the taxation of alcohol in the form of wine and in the form of spirits; with regard to the second part of the question, the matter is kept under constant observation, but I cannot say more at present.
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
Can the right hon. Gentleman tell me what is meant by the phrase "alcohol, sold as whisky" and where it can be obtained?