Parliamentary Debates

Parliamentary Debates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...per head of the population in each of the subsequent years since 1852 has not yet reached the quantity per head of the population consumed in that year. The House will hardly be prepared for this statement, and it is a very remarkable one. Since the year 1852 there have been a good many changes in the rates of duty on spirits. The Scotch and Irish spirits have been gradually raised and brought up to the level of the English duty. The effect has been to check consumption; but, of late, the consumption has been again advancing, and it now stands thus: --In 1852 the quantity of British spirits consumed per 1,000 of the population was 918 gallons; in 1855 it was 908 gallons; in 1872, 844 gallons; and last year it was still only 899 gallons. The consumption of foreign spirits has, of course, also been increasing, though perhaps not in just the same ratio. The increase in the consumption of British spirits, at all events, has been going steadily on; but it has not yet quite reached the consump tion per head of 1852, before the duties were increased. On the whole, therefore, I think that the Estimates that have been taken are Estimates which may be confidently recommended to this House, barring, of course, accidents which it is impossible to foresee. And although we have felt it our duty to warn the House that we have taken a rather sanguine view, yet we think it by no means a rash view, but that the Revenue of the coming year may be fairly and reasonably expected to reach the amount at which we have placed it. The next point to which my right hon. Friend adverted is the exceedingly important question of the Estimate of Expenditure of the year. My right hon. Friend made the observation--which, as a general rule, is perfectly true--that it is more..show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236596932