HC Deb 15 July 1910 vol 19 c833W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that acetic ether is the best known solvent for many fine chemicals, and that British chemical manufacturers are prohibited from using this material on account of the Customs and Excise Duty, and are, therefore, unable to compete with chemical manufactures made abroad, especially in Germany and the United States of America, in connection with which acetic ether is largely used; and whether he will remedy this grievance to the home trade by remitting the duty or permit industrial spirit to be used in the manufacture of the ether?


The matter referred to in the question is at present under the consideration of the Board of Customs and Excise.