Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor and Tobacco.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state for each of the years 1948, 1949 and 1950, the quantities of (a) beer; (b) spirits; (c) wines and (d) tobacco consumed within the State.

As the answer to this question is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to have it circulated in the Official Report.

Following is the statement:—

QUANTITIES CONSUMED WITHIN THE STATE IN EACH OF THE YEARS 1948, 1949 AND 1950.

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

Calendar Year

Beer (Standard Barrels)

Spirits (Proof Gallons)

Wines(Gallons)

Tobacco(lbs.)

1948

897,387

842,133

435,763

12,515,376

1949

921,102

911,601

461,752

13,594,882

1950

912,558

927,307

480,010

14,239,339