HC Deb 25 February 1981 vol 999 cc355-6W
Mr. Sims

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make representations to the Canadian Federal Government concerning the effects of their proposed introduction of excise duty index linking for alcoholic beverages with effect from 21 March 1981.

Mr. Parkinson

I am aware of the concern of United Kingdom producers and exporters of alcoholic beverages about the Canadian Federal Government's proposals with respect to excise duties, and am in touch with the industry. Negotiations with the Canadian Government would be a matter for the European Commission, with whom we are already in contact.