HC Deb 22 February 1932 vol 262 c35W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to an Order in Council issued by the Minister of National Revenue in Canada providing that on and after 1st April, 1932, no intoxicating liquor, commonly known as whisky, bearing on the bottles or other containers statements as to the age thereof may be admitted into Canada, unless the statement as to the date of manufacture has been certified by authorised officers of the Government of the country in which it was produced; whether such certificates are or will he issued in this country and at whose expense; and whether, for the protection of British consumers of whisky, arrangements may be made that no whisky be sold in Britain except under a Government guarantee of age?


With regard to the first part of the question, my attention has been drawn to the Order referred to; with regard to the second part, the necessary certificates will be issued by the officers of Customs and Excise, on payment of a fee by the shipper of the spirits; with regard to the third part, such arrangements would require legislation, which is not contemplated.