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Wine

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will resist any further pressure from Common Market countries to enforce the mandatory bottling of wine at source; if his Department has prepared estimates consumer and the employment effects on of the economic consequences to the British industries; and if he will make a statement.

I am not aware of any recent pressure for the mandatory bottling of wine at source at either Community or governmental level. In general, the question of the place of bottling of wine should be a matter for commercial judgment. The consequences for consumers and for employment levels in the United Kingdom of any move to mandatory bottling at source would depend on its extent.