§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the agreement made in 1923 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer with the brewers by which, in consideration of the Budget of that year proposing a rebate of 20s. per barrel of beer, the brewers would reduce the price of beer by 24s. per barrel, is still in force; if so, whether he is satisfied that no brewer has increased his charge by 4s.; and, if not, whether action is taken to insist upon the price being in accordance with the agreement?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The arrangement made in 1923 was designed to enable the beer trade as a whole to reduce the price of beer to consumers generally by per pint, and I am satisfied that the public are still obtaining the full benefit of this arrangement. The allocation of the burden involved on the trade has always been a matter of arrangement between the different sections of the trade.