§ Mr. MILLS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps, if any, have been taken to recover the moneys paid to manufacturers of tobacco in anticipation of loss of trade, seeing that no loss of trade occurred owing to the imposition of 2d. per ounce on tobacco as a measure of war taxation; and whether there was actually an increase in tobacco?
I do not understand the hon. Member's question. So far as I am aware, no money has been paid by the Exchequer to manufacturers of tobacco in anticipation of any loss in trade. There can, therefore, be no question of recovering it.