§ Mr. WHELER
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any sums have been granted from the Imperial Exchequer for the encouragement of tobacco growing in England during the past five years; and, if not, what steps are being taken to encourage the growth of tobacco in this country?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
Tobacco growing in England was legalised in 1910 by the Finance Act of that year, since when a rebate has been allowed equal to one-third of the duty paid on tobacco grown by approved experimenters. This rebate is payable in respect of all such tobacco grown during the years 1911 to 1913, inclusive. The Treasury have also, on the recommendation of the Development Commission, agreed to a Grant not exceeding £7,500 from the Development Fund to the British Tobacco Growers' Society, Limited.