HC Deb 22 June 1950 vol 476 cc1456-7
20. Captain Waterhouse

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much Canadian whisky was imported into this country during the last fiscal year; and what was the cost in dollars.

Mr. H. Wilson

I regret that as imports of whisky are not separately recorded the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. Six thousand and ninety gallons at a cost of 27,078 Canadian dollars were, however, licensed in 1949 for import under the Token Import Scheme. Apart from this, the only whisky imported from Canada for consumption in this country is for the United States Forces, the Diplomatic Corps or as gifts sent by Canadian or American citizens to persons resident in this country, none of which involves this country in any dollar cost.

Captain Waterhouse

Can the right hon. Gentleman explain what advantage is obtained by selling good whisky to obtain dollars and using the dollars to buy less good whisky?

Mr. Wilson

The right hon. and gallant Gentleman will be aware that the figures of whisky passing in each direction are very dissimilar.