Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 22nd January 1997.
Scotch Whisky Industry
Mr. McKelvey: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Indian Prime Minister in respect of the Scotch whisky industry.
The Prime Minister: Although the Scotch whisky industry was not discussed during my meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, it was covered in the meetings between the Indian Finance Minister and my right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade, at one of which representatives of the Scotch whisky industry were present. The Indian Minister indicated that whisky would be involved in a wider programme of liberalising imports of consumer goods into India, although the timing was not yet clear. The Government will continue to press for improved access for Scotch whisky to this potentially very important market.
UN Special Session (Environment)
Sir Anthony Durant: To ask the Prime Minister which Government Minister will be attending the United Nations General Assembly special session on the environment in June.
The Prime Minister: I shall be attending the United Nations General Assembly special session in June.