Mr. FELL next
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, at the end of every distilling period, distillers or their principal managers must sign and deliver to the proper officer a return in the prescribed form, specifying, amongst other things, the quantity of each description of material used in making wort or wash during the period; if bushels of malt is one of the particulars as specified as being required; how many such returns of materials used were made and dated in the week, 21st to 28th February, 1910; and how many such returns were made in the corresponding week of 1909, and what is the total amount of malt so returned as having been used from 1st October, 1909, to 28th February, 1910, and the quantity used in the corresponding months from 1st October, 1908, to 28th February, 1909?
§ Mr. LLOYD-GEORGE
The returns referred to by the hon. Member are furnished by distillers, and specify the quantity of malt used, I regret, however, that information as to number of returns received and quantity of malt used during portions of a distilling year is not available.