§ Mr. Mathers
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why the Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs and Excise do not impose upon distillers at Rothes and Aberlour, which are not market towns, the obligation to provide proper housing accommodation for the excise officers; and whether he will arrange for this legal obligation being fulfilled?592W
§ Lieut.-Colonel Colville
As regards Rothes I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of the 4th November to a similar question. As regards Aberlour I am making inquiry into the position at that place and will communicate with the hon. Member in due course. He will appreciate that under Section 9 of the Spirits Act, 1880, it is a matter for the Commissioners' discretion whether or not to require the provision of accommodation at distilleries more than a quarter of a mile from a market town.