HC Deb 28 October 1912 vol 43 c47W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the disadvantage of certain firms of wine merchants in this country as compared with foreign importers in connection with the duty paid on spirit for the purpose of fortifying cherry brandy; whether he could see his way to allow the spirit used for this purpose to be free of duty; and whether permission could be given for the cherry juice to be fortified in the bonded warehouses of the firms in question?


I regret that I cannot see my way to grant this concession, which would involve legislation. I may point out that fortified imported fruit-juice is chargeable with duty on the spirit contained therein.