HC Deb 24 October 1972 vol 843 cc241-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he had discussions with the Confedera- tion of British Industry and the Scottish Whisky Association on the consequences of Great Britain's entry into the European Economic Community and with what results; whether the Scottish Whisky Association expressed itself satisfied with these discussions; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Prior

My right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster held discussions with the Scotch Whisky Association in January, May and July of this year. These meetings helped to clarify the industry's problems and to suggest ways of solving them. The Chancellor was able to assure the association that the Government would firmly oppose EEC proposals which might damage the industry, and were supporting positive measures to safeguard its competitive position.