§ Captain R. TERRELL
asked the Food Controller whether he will inform the House why he charges brewers 35s. per standard barrel for special licences to brew 604W extra munition beer for munition workers, and the total amount which such charge brings in; and for what purpose the money is used?
§ Mr. McCURDY
The charge to which the hon. and gallant Member refers was at the rate of 25s. not 35s. per standard barrel. In view of the fact that licences to brew additional beer for munition workers must necessarily be confined to brewers in munition areas, it was decided that these licences should be granted to brewers who were willing to pay to the Food Controller for the credit of the Exchequer a fee of 25s. per standard barrel in excess of the duty. The total sum so collected during March, 1919, amounted to just over£100,000. I should add that this charge has been abolished as from 1st May.