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Distilleries, Moray And Nairn (Revenue Duty)

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 14 December 1965

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of revenue collected in duties upon the products of distilleries in the joint County of Moray and Nairn and the County of Banff in 1964.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the estimate is a large figure? Considering the large proportion which s exported in addition, is the Chief Secretary aware of the major contribution of the industry in this area of Scotland? Has he, however, observed the trend so far this year, which will warn him that increasing the tax does not materially increase revenue?

I take careful note, and so does my right hon. Friend, of all the points which the hon. Member has made.