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Chilean Wine (Import Licence)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food whether he has considered an application for a licence to import wine from Chile; and whether, in order to encourage trade between Chile and the United Kingdom, he will authorise a sample importation of Chilean wine.

An application has been received, but the total amount we can afford to spend on wines and spirits is too limited for us to include even a small quantity of wine from Chile in our wine programme.

Is the hon. Lady aware that the balance of trade with Chile is such that unless we are more friendly towards her imports, it will be impossible for her to take our exports?

I must remind the hon. Gentleman that Chile has only been a nominal exporter of wine in the past.

Is the hon. Lady aware that this is the only country in the world at the moment which refuses to take Chilean wine?