HC Deb 23 February 1972 vol 831 c318W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will refer the evidence sent to him by the hon. Member for Newark, that some publicans are, with the consent of the brewers, selling brands of whisky in bottles which indicate other brand names, to the Erroll Committee.

Mr. Ridley

The newspaper article forwarded by the hon. Member suggests that some publicans are refilling empty bottles with whisky of a different and less popular brand, but exonerates the brewers from any complicity in this malpractice. The only action I consider necessary is for those who have evidence of such behaviour to bring it to the attention of the local authority responsible for enforcing the Trade Descriptions Act. 1968, and the Food and Drugs Act, 1955, in the area.

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