§ 50. Mr. Beechman
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to allow tobacco to be freely cultivated in this country, in order to save foreign exchange.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
My right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer is not prepared to repeal the Excise Duty on home-grown tobacco. Amateur attempts to grow small amounts of tobacco for personal consumption will, however, for the present be allowed to proceed freely.
§ Mr. Beechman
Is the Minister aware that there is a superstition, fostered over generations by the Excise, that tobacco cannot be grown or cured in this country, whereas it can be easily grown by old age pensioners?