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French Wine (Imports)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much French wine under 25 degrees was imported for the six months ended 30th September, in each of the years 1938, 1939 and 1950; how much was in bottle and how much in cask; and what duty was collected from the bottled wines and from the wines in cask, respectively.

Full information in the form requested is not available, but particulars corresponding to the Question as nearly as possible are given in the table below. As wine is normally stored on importation in bonded warehouse, duty being paid only on withdrawal for home consumption, receipts of duty cannot be related to quantities imported in any particular period. Particulars of the quantities

PeriodImports in cask* of French wine not exceeding 25°Period (April—Sept.)Quantities of French wine (not exceeding 25°) duty paid and receipts of duty
Wine imported in bottleWine imported in cask
QuantityDuty ReceiptsQuantityDuty Receipts
Calendar year 1938946,6141938297,138216,263449,55389,911
Calendar year 1939919,6291939292,521212,622426,71385,379
April-September, 1950485,000 (approx.)1950276,264488,906519,281337,532
* Corresponding particulars for wine in bottle are not available.