§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's and EC's negotiations with the Government of Chile concerning the exports of Scotch whisky and the tax discrimination practised by that country.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Ministers raise the question of the discrimination against Scotch whisky with their Chilean counterparts whenever suitable opportunities arise. I raised the matter with the Chilean Foreign Minister when I visited Chile last February.
The EC has discussed the issue with the Chilean Government, and it now remains for discussion during the Uruguay round, where I hope it can be satisfactorily resolved.