Clegg pledges support to whisky makers

21 January, 2011

Nick Clegg has paid tribute to the Scotch whisky industry and the contribution it makes to the British economy.

On a visit to the Strathisla Distillery, the Deputy Prime Minister revealed export shipments of £2.8 billion in the first 10 months, up 12% on the previous year.

Clegg said 2010 was on course to be a “record year for exports”.

He added: “The dynamic Scotch whisky companies are making great strides to exploit new markets and new opportunities and the government will do whatever we can to assist them.”

The Deputy PM said tariff liberalisation in India was a “major priority” for the industry in 2011.




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