§ Mr. George Gardiner
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the meetings between Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and representatives of the wine and spirit industry referred to by the Financial Secretary in his Written Answer on 25th January established a practical means of deferring excise duties on wines and spirits.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
No major practical problems have been identified. As I said in my reply to the hon. Member on 25th January, my right hon. Friend will be considering the matter further in the light of his overall Budget strategy.