HC Deb 15 April 1930 vol 237 c2712
37. Mr. McKINLAY

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that Scottish brewers and distillers are brewing and distilling beer and whisky from foreign cereals whether he is aware that the product is marketed as Scotch whisky and beer; and what steps. if any, he proposes to take to prevent this misleading trade description?


No information is available as to the quantities of imported cereals used for malting, or distilling purposes, and I cannot therefore say to what extent whisky and beer marketed as Scottish is manufactured from imported grain. I am advised that a trade description of whisky or beer as "Scotch" does not necessarily imply that the cereals from which the alcoholic distillations are made are grown in Scotland. Should, however, the agricultural interests concerned have any special information on the subject perhaps they will supply particulars to the Empire Marketing Board


Does that answer apply equally to red biddy?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the agricultural interests concerned have for long been demanding an import duty upon foreign-grown barley imported for this purpose?