Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th April 1978.

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Photo of Mrs Margaret Bain Mrs Margaret Bain , Dunbartonshire East 12:00 am, 13th April 1978

I would not attack the hon. Gentleman's basic premise of raising taxation on those two commodities. However, is he aware that the increase in duty on the whisky industry has lost the Government £28 million in the first nine months of this financial year and has caused severe unemployment in Scotland? At some stage there must be a cut-off point for these industries because of the employment aspects.