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Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will work within the European Union to promote the production and marketing of wines containing 8 to 13 per cent alcohol. [HL4530]

In the recent negotiation of the implementing rules for the new EU wine regime, the UK argued strongly that EU wine makers should have the flexibility to produce wine with a lower alcohol content. These negotiations concluded on 19 June and I am pleased that from 1 August 2009 the new rules will allow the use of new techniques to reduce the alcohol content of wine by up to 2 per cent, thus enabling EU wine makers to respond to consumer demand for reduced alcohol wine.