HC Deb 23 December 1915 vol 77 cc619-20W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the consumption of beer in the United Kingdom for the year after the imposition of the Beer War Duty and the consumption in the previous year before the imposition of the duty; and the consumption of spirits in the United Kingdom during the same periods, giving separate figures for gin, whisky, and rum?


The figures are as given below:—

1st December, 1914 to 30th November, 1915. 1st November, 1913 to 31st October, 1914.
Beer— Barrels. Barrels.
Imported 20,100 68,600
Home-made 28,730,000 35,407,000
Spirits— Proof Galls. Proof Galls.
Imported Geneva 382,800 400,800
Imported Rum 4,629,900 3,328,700
Imported Other Spirits 1,735,700 1,833,500
*Home-made 28,516,100 25,855,800
* No separate figures can be given for Whisky or Gin. The month of November, 1914, being that in which the change in Beer Duty took place, has been omitted in the periods given.