Scotch Whisky: Economic Impact

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

What assessment he has made of the findings of the Scotch Whisky Association’s “Scotch Whisky Economic Impact Report 2018”, published on 30 April 2019.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I am very pleased to see how this important sector is thriving. The UK Government are supporting the Scotch whisky success story by freezing duty on spirits again this year. That demonstrates clearly how the UK Government are taking the right decisions on taxes and delivering for the businesses and people of Scotland.

Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

The report highlighted that the Scotch whisky industry’s contribution to the UK economy has increased by 10% to £5.5 billion. Due to the UK Government’s welcome announcements, the industry has reinvested £500 million over the past five years in production, distribution and tourism. Does the Secretary of State agree, however, that we can do more to ensure a fairer taxation system for the Scotch whisky industry?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

My hon. Friend represents the constituency with the most distilleries in the United Kingdom and is a very powerful advocate for the industry. We consider it to be of very great importance, and we will look at any proposals it cares to bring forward in that regard.