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Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the effect on the price of Scotch whisky of the EEC Commission ban on the industry's dual pricing structure.

The EEC Commission has not yet issued a decision on this matter. The effects of any adverse decision that may be made would depend upon the course of action subsequently taken by the company concerned.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has made to the EEC Commission concerning the proposed abolition of dual pricing for Scotch whisky.

This matter is still under consideration by the EEC Commission. We have ensured, through the Commission's Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices, that the Commission is fully aware of the implications of any decision on this question, and my right hon. Friend the Minster has discussed it with the European Commissioner concerned.