HC Deb 07 October 1941 vol 374 c824
27. Mr. McKinlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what complaints he has received from Glasgow on the widespread sale of alleged Irish whisky; and will be take steps to ascertain the origin of the said whisky so that the consuming public may be protected?

Mr. Johnston

I have received no such complaints. If my hon. Friend can send me evidence that whisky is being sold under a false designation, I shall be glad to communicate that evidence to the appropriate authorities.

Mr. McKinlay

I must apologise; I am no judge. Is my right hon. Friend aware that the allegation is that this is imported American whisky and is redesignated in Ireland before it arrives here? Will he have some inquiries made?

Mr. Johnston

All I can say is that I have made inquiries of the Scottish Home Department, the town clerk's office, the police and the Crown Office, and none of them has any information.

Mr. Walker

Is it not a fact that water is often sold for whisky?