US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky Debate

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Department: Department for International Trade

US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky

David Hanson Excerpts
Monday 7th October 2019

(10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Conor Burns Portrait Conor Burns - Hansard
7 Oct 2019, 5:52 p.m.

I congratulate my hon. Friend on yet another demonstration of what a powerful advocate she is for those who put their trust in her to serve as their Member of Parliament. I said earlier that the tweets of the President of the United States were slightly beyond my remit. I am afraid that the Chancellor’s next Budget falls into a similar but not distinct category, but I am sure that she will make that point very powerfully to our right hon. Friend, and that it will receive a warm welcome.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard
7 Oct 2019, 5:51 p.m.

Airbus Industries will be heavily impacted by the decision last week. Has the Minister raised this issue with Airbus since Thursday, and has he raised with the United States ambassador the 275,000 jobs that are provided by Airbus in 40 states in America, as well as the thousands in my constituency and across the whole north-west?

Conor Burns Portrait Conor Burns - Hansard
7 Oct 2019, 5:52 p.m.

I have not yet had the opportunity to raise this issue directly with Airbus, but I have put out a call to the American ambassador. As I hope the right hon. Gentleman will understand, the reason that I have not yet had the opportunity to talk directly to Airbus is that I returned to the UK only late last night after a visit last week to Vietnam. When I came into the office, I spoke to the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association and I reached out to our counterparts in Scotland and Wales. Such conversations will be happening urgently in the course of this week.