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Spirits (Production And Stocks)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now issue Table 8 of the Customs and Excise Annual Reports which were withheld for security reason for the years 1941 to 1945,

HOME MADE SPIRITS: STOCK, PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE FINANCIAL YEARS 1940/41 TO 1944/45.
Stock and Production.
1940/41.1941/42.I942/43.1943/44.1944/45.
Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.
In warehouse at commencement of financial year.*154,224,300138,423,205124,915,532113,972,658103,591,211
Re-warehoused on re-importation, etc.71,80842,04918,80819,45421,739
Produced in the financial year.69,680,07573,542,30151,542,06147,920,20383,585,326
223,976,183212,007,555176,476,401161,912,315187,198,276
Distribution.
1940/41.1941/42.1942/43.1943/44.1944/45.
Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.
Spirits retained for consumption.7,662,4566,998,8547,732,6847,938,1166,763,781
Exported10,922,4149,215,5996,581,5445,593,0614,718,730
Exported as medical preparations.431,984208,42392,62067,38263,562
Used for ships' stores, fortifying wines, etc.435,642339,889427,825246,635324,367
Used under Finance Act, 1902.43,948,20151,910,11533,419,81132,650,76360,383,565
Methylated15,724,45312,722,63211,735,7659,686,61414,506,057
Deficiencies allowed, etc.6,427,8285,696,5112,513,4942,138,5333,584,199
85,552,97887,092,02362,503,74358,321,10490,344,261
Balance in warehouse at end of financial year.*138,423,205124,915,532113,972,658103,591,21196,854,015
223,976,183212,007,555176,476,401161,912,315187,198,276
* Subject to deficiencies allowable on withdrawal.
HOME-MADE SPIRITS: Stock in Bonded Warehouses.*
On 31st March.England and Wales.Scotland.Northern Ireland.Total.
Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.
19416,785,987129,643,4441,993,774138,423,205
19429,468,891113,989,3791,457,262124,915,532
19438,975,007103,681,2781,316,373113, 972,658
194410,388,08492,044,9101,158,217103,591,211
194510,946,06584,794,7231,113,22796,854,015
* Subject to deficiencies allowable on withdrawal.

inclusive; and whether he will sub-divide the tables, so as to show how much pot still and patent still spirit was produced in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland; and what stock was held at the end of such years in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

ETHYL ALCOHOL DISTILLERIES: QUANTITIES OF SPIRITS PRODUCED.
Year (ended 30th September).Distilleries using Malt only.Distilleries using Malt and other materials.Distilleries using Molasses only.Total Production.
Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.Proof gallons.
19413,243,8274,751,02453,791,39461,786,245
19421,847,87626,57044,145,25646,019,702
19431,387,82616,841,49118,229,317
194445,914,39845,914,398
NOTE.—The above table relates only to ethyl alcohol distilleries using the fermentation—distillation process. Production figures are now compiled on the basis of the materials used and no longer specifically distinguish between pot still and patent still production. The figures are compiled on the basis of distilling seasons ending 30th September of each year. Figures for the year ended 30th September, 1945, are not yet available.
Separate figures cannot be published for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland without disclosing the business of particular firms.