§ MR. CHARLES ROBERTS (Lincoln)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the average number of hundredweights of sugar and its equivalents used in brewing for the last three years for which the figures exist; and the annual sum which on this average the brewing trade stands to gain by the reduction of the sugar duty proposed in the Budget.
SIR GILBERT PARKER
Perhaps the hon. Gentleman can also tell us what gain will be likely to go to the manufacturers of marmlade in Dundee.
§ MR. HOBHOUSE
The House will hardly expect me to take the last question seriously. [Cries of "Why not?"] The average quantity of sugar annually used in brewing for the last three years is 2,827,568 cwts. The varieties of sugar thus used are so numerous and so diverse in nature and in quality that it is not possible to give an estimate of the duty paid thereon or the prospective gain to the brewers from the reduction in the duty.
§ MR. MITCHELL-THOMSON
Is it not a fact that a much larger proportionate quantity of sugar is used in the manufacture of ginger beer and lemonade?
§ MR. LUPTON
Is it not a fact that by the reduction of the sugar duty the 1342 brewers will gain a quarter of a million a year?