HC Deb 07 August 1912 vol 41 cc3182-3W
Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury what increase of revenue has resulted from the addition of 8d. to the Tobacco Duty in 1909; what was the total amount of duty paid in the year preceding and the year after the date when the increase took effect; what was the proportion of such amounts paid by the Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain; and whether, in view of the injury sustained by small tobacco firms, a number of which have had to give up business owing to the increase, it is proposed to retain the present high duty?


The estimated yield of the additional Tobacco Duty is as follows:—

1909–10 1,850,000
1910–11 2,800,000
1911–12 2,750,000

The total receipts from the duty on tobacco in the years 1908–9 and 1909–10 were £13,829,000 and £15,688,000, respectively. I am unable to state the amounts of duty paid by the Imperial Tobacco Company. I cannot hold out any hope of a reduction of the duty.