§ Mr. J. REID
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much alcohol was added to wines in bond during each of the last three years; how much duty was paid in respect of it during each year; and how much duty would have been paid if it had borne the same rate of duty as alcohol in whisky?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
With regard to the first part of the question, the quantities of spirits used in fortifying wines in bond during the three calendar years 1931, 1932 and 1933 were respectively 63,610 proof gallons, 67,440 proof gallons and 81,411 proof gallons. With regard to the second and third parts of the question, I regret that the information is not available, as wine fortified in bond is delivered partly for home consumption and partly for export. In the latter case, no duty is, of course, payable, but the official statistics in regard to such wine do not disclose for which purpose it is eventually delivered.