Whisky

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1955.

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Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

The trade statistics do not show Scotch and Irish whisky separately. 13,691,000 proof gallons of whisky were exported in 1954.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr

Although this point is not in the Question, may I ask whether my hon. and learned Friend has any in-formation handy to show how those figures compare with the figures of the previous year?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

Yes. The corresponding figure in 1952 was 11,531,000 and, in 1953, 13,206,000. There has been a further increase.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the Minister aware that there will be great discontent in Scotland if there is no Scotch whisky? Is he aware that, because of the extremely high profits, the time has come to refer this matter to the Monopolies Commission?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

I quite understand that there would be distress in Scotland if the facts were as stated by the hon. Member.