HC Deb 21 June 1974 vol 875 c259W
Mr. Stott

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the deteriorating quality of beer produced by the largest brewing combines, if he will undertake a study of the West German system of beer excise levies whereby duty is raised with increasing steepness beyond a certain volume of production; and consider proposing a similar system in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Buchan

There is no evidence that the quality of beer is declining or that

June-May years
1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 (Forecast)
Tomatoes ('000 tons) 108.6 109.0 117.5
Cucumbers ('000 tons) 38.6 36.3 32.9
Lettuce ('000 tons) 167.1 173.9 166.5
Cut flowers ('000 acres) 11.86 11.98 11.99