HC Deb 10 March 1942 vol 378 c906
8. Mr. Purbrick

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that over a third of a million gallons of whisky from the United Kingdom were imported into Australia, cleared from bond there during the year ended September last, occupying a large amount of shipping space, bringing no foreign exchange here, representing a very small turnover as it is shipped from here in bond and brings practically no revenue duty here and which can be produced in Australia, he will take steps to stop this trade for the duration of the war and thereby make the equivalent quantity available for consumers in this country?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

Exports of whisky to Australia. have already been greatly reduced. The question of a further reduction is under consideration.

Mr. Purbrick

Does that mean that in the meantime we have to go thirsty for whisky while Australia is flooded out with it?

Mr. Dalton

I hope, not quite.