Mr. H. SAMUELasked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what was the number of bulk barrels and the number of standard barrels of beer brewed for home consumption in the United Kingdom in the years 1913 and 1917 ; and what was the relation of the bulk barrel to the standard barrel in each of those years?

§ Mr. CLYNESThe number of standard barrels of beer brewed for home consumption in 1913 was 35,250,700, and in 1917 16,133,800. The total number of bulk barrels brewed in 1913 was 37,499,500, and in 1917 21,336,600. It is not possible to give the number of bulk barrels for home consumption as distinct from total production. The relation of bulk barrels to standard barrels brewed is shown by the average original gravity of the bulk barrelage, which was 1052.71 in 1913 and 1042.66 in 1917, the original gravity per standard barrel being 1055. It may be noted that in 1917 reduction in output commenced on 1st April, 1917, and, therefore, one quarter at the higher rate is included in the 1917 figures.