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Volume 87: debated on Wednesday 27 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made to the Japanese Government about discriminatory trading terms for Scotch whisky in Japan; and if he will make a statement.

Her Majesty's Government, and most recently my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, have firmly expressed our concern about the difficulties in Japan facing Scotch whisky exporters. The European Commissioners who visited Tokyo last week also took up the issue.