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Scotch Whisky (Supplies)

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the decision to increase exports of Scotch whisky from this country and to reduce the supplies available for consumption in this country will result in there being insufficient supplies for the increased tourist traffic which is being stimulated by his Department; and whether action will be taken to rectify this matter before tourist traffic begins to develop.

I am aware that the agreement reached with the Scotch Whisky Association to increase exports of Scotch whisky will reduce the supplies available at home, and I am informed the Association are endeavouring to secure the most equitable distribution possible of these supplies. It would be administratively impracticable to make special provisions for tourists in this case


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the inadequate dollar return resulting from the shipment of Scotch whisky direct to the U.S.A. at only £3 per case, whereas, if a proportion of this whisky was sent to Bermuda for consumption by Americans in that island, it would produce a far greater dollar return; avid whether steps will be taken to divert part of the whisky exports in this way.

There would be no means of ensuring that whisky diverted to Bermuda from U.S.A. or other hard currency destinations would be consumed exclusively by Americans.