HC Deb 06 June 1932 vol 266 cc1596-7W

asked the Secretary of State for India the amount, in pounds sterling, of the net excise revenue of India for the years 1928–29, 1929–30, and 1930–31, respectively; the recorded consumption of country spirits in each of those years in Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Sind, Bihar and Orissa, the United Provinces, the Punjab, the Central Provinces and Berar, Assam, and Burma, respectively; and the percentage of excise revenue as compared with the total revenue accruing to the Provincial Governments in each case for the year 1930–31?


As regards the first and last parts of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the Finance and Revenue Accounts of the Government of India for the years in question, copies of which are in the Library of the House. The answer to the second part as regards the years 1928–29 and 1929–30 (except for Bombay, Sind, the Central Provinces and Berar and Burma in 1929–30) was given by my predecessor on 20th April, 1931. The figures required for 1929–30 and 1930–31, in proof gallons (excluding outstill areas for which statistics are not available), are as follow:

Bombay 1,288,907
Sind 108,061
Central Provinces and Berar 479,020 (calendar year 1929)
Burma 88,400

Bengal 383,037
Madras 1,210,221
Bombay 965,853
Sind 66,848
Bihar and Orissa 636,788
United Provinces 288,266
Punjab 293,074
Central Provinces and Berar 321,677 (calendar year 1930)
Assam 241,642
Burma 72,749

The figure for Sind in 1928–29 has been revised to 116,744.