§ 17. Mr. Mathers
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the resolution passed at the annual meeting of the Scottish Temperance Alliance, urging the restriction of the manufacture and consumption of alcoholic liquors to assist the national effort; and whether action is being taken to this end?
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. Johnston)
Yes, Sir. The resolution referred to has been considered. As my hon. Friend is aware, certain restrictions are presently in operation. Production of whisky is limited to one-third of the quantity produced in the year ending 30th September, 1939, and sugar for beer is now reduced to 60 per cent. of the quantity used in that year. There have been increases in price of whisky and beer arising from higher excise duties and consumption has decreased. I have, how- 1135 ever brought the views expressed in the resolution to the notice of other Ministers concerned, and I shall continue with them to keep a close watch on the situation.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is my right hon. Friend himself satisfied that the Government are fully seized of the importance of the matter?
§ Mr. Robert Gibson
Has my right hon. Friend considered the speech of the chairman of the Public House Trust at their annual meeting in Glasgow on this subject?
Mr. J. J. Davidson
I take it my right hon. Friend will take into consideration all sides of the question?