asked the Minister of Food why 861,000 proof gallons of whisky were sold to Canada during 1948 valued at £1,799,000 when the export price is 30s. a gallon; and what steps he proposes to take to increase the price of whisky sold to Canada so as to improve the dollar position.
The export price of whisky is not fixed; standard brands normally sell at 60s. per case containing about 1.4 proof gallons or two liquid gallons but the prices for de luxe brands for export are considerably higher. This accounts for the discrepancy to which my hon. Friend has drawn attention. We do not propose to interfere with the discretion of the trade in the matter of price.