§ Mr. Latham
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from the Scotch Whisky Association and other United Kingdom producers of alcohol regarding the new French tax on stronger alcoholic beverages; and what response he has made.
§ Mrs. Fenner
My Department has received representations from the Scotch Whisky Association and the Gin Rectifiers and Distillers Association about the French proposal for a tax on spirit drinks, the revenue from which would be earmarked for a national social security fund. These trade associations regard the exemption of drinks under 25 per cent. alcoholic strength as discriminatory. If the proposed charge appears to be in breach of the treaty it will be for the Commission to take appropriate action.