§ Dr. MORRIS-JONES
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?
§ Sir S. HOARE
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 1597W (excluding outstill areas for which statistics are not available), are as follow:
1929–30. Bombay 1,288,907 Sind 108,061 Central Provinces and Berar 479,020 (calendar year 1929) Burma 88,400
1930–31. 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.