HC Deb 16 July 1941 vol 373 cc596-7
43. Mr. John Wilmot

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that some hundreds of gallons of water from Loch Katrine in Scotland is brought to London by rail each week for whisky making; and whether he will give priority to more important traffic?

Colonel Llewellin

The first part of my hon. Friend's Question is substantially correct. I have been in touch with the firm concerned, and they have readily agreed to suspend this arrangement for the duration of the war.

Mr. Wilmot

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that great satisfaction will be felt for that answer in many cases where commodities are in short supply owing to lack of transport?

Mr. Leslie

Does the reply mean that we shall get whisky stronger than before?

Colonel Llewellin

I understand that that is not the case. London water is to be used instead of loch water.

Mr. Lawson

Will people who want special whisky have to go to Loch Katrine?

Colonel Llewellin

We cannot encourage holiday transport for that purpose.

Mr. McGovern

Would it not save transport if they brought the whisky to Scotland instead of taking the water to England?