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Whisky (Export To United States)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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41.

asked the President of the Board of Trade what changes there have been in the export to the United States of America of proof Scotch whisky in botles and in bulk, respectively, over the last five years; and what has been the loss in dollar earnings as a consequence.

United States statistics show that imports of whisky in bulk from the United Kingdom have risen from about 6 per cent. of the total, expressed in proof gallons, in 1960 to about 20 per cent. in 1964. I cannot give a figure for our consequential loss of dollar earnings, but it has certainly been substantial.