HC Deb 09 November 1950 vol 480 cc84-5W
81. Mr. Marples

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much French wine under 25 degrees was imported for the six months ended 30th September, in each of the years 1938, 1939 and 1950; how much was in bottle and how much in cask; and what duty was collected from the bottled wines and from the wines in cask, respectively.

Mr. Jay

Full information in the form requested is not available, but particulars corresponding to the Question as nearly as possible are given in the table below. As wine is normally stored on importation in bonded warehouse, duty being paid only on withdrawal for home consumption, receipts of duty cannot be related to quantities imported in any particular period. Particulars of the quantities

Period Imports in cask* of French wine not exceeding 25° Period (April—Sept.) Quantities of French wine (not exceeding 25°) duty paid and receipts of duty
Wine imported in bottle Wine imported in cask
Quantity Duty Receipts Quantity Duty Receipts
gallons gallons £ gallons £
Calendar year 1938 946,614 1938 297,138 216,263 449,553 89,911
Calendar year 1939 919,629 1939 292,521 212,622 426,713 85,379
April-September, 1950 485,000 (approx.) 1950 276,264 488,906 519,281 337,532
* Corresponding particulars for wine in bottle are not available.