§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the President of the Board of Trade what reasons he has received from the French Government in reply to representations about their ban on the advertising of Scotch whisky in France; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody
The French Government introduced this ban as a measure in their campaign against alcoholism, and have said that they could not contemplate lifting it in the face of strong domestic pressure to step up the campaign. United Kingdom trading interests have not asked for further representations to be made on this subject, but if they do, and can provide fresh arguments which could be put to the French authorities, I will gladly consider their request.