§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the revenue from the duties on mineral waters is steadily diminishing; whether the duties have had a prejudicial effect upon this industry and are aggravating unemployment; and whether, in view of these facts, he will consent either to repeal or reduce the duties at an early date?
The revenue from these duties has fluctuated since they were imposed in 1916; it increased considerably in the second and third years, but has diminished in the aggregate in the last two years. The diminution has been confined to table waters of the sweetened variety, and is believed to be due to causes other than the duties. I am unable, therefore, to assent to the view expressed in the second part of the question or to admit it as a ground for relief.