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Clause 3—(Wines)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Duties are differentiated between the non-Empire product and the Empire product. I want to ask a question about North African wine. Now that Algeria, which has a very large production of wine, has lost its market, owing to our occupation, some effort presumably is going to be made by the Allied authorities to provide a market. It is a very serious matter to the Algerian authorities, as wine is one of the main products which they sell for cash. Would it be possible to consider charging the tax on those wines at the Empire rate? This is a somewhat unorthodox proposal, but I know that to our friends in Algeria the matter is very serious.

I have no power on this matter. It is something to be settled by Parliament, and I do not think it would be wise or expedient for me to do anything. I appreciate my hon. Friend's idea in putting the question, but obviously it is a matter to be dealt with by Parliament.

Question put, and agreed to.