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Published:  23 July, 2008

The Government's commitment to tackle spirits fraud, contained in the Chancellor's pre-Budget report, has been welcomed by key trade organisations. Quentin Rappoport, director of the Wine & Spirit Association, said: Although we would like strip stamps to be dropped altogether... we are very pleased that the Chancellor has heeded our request that the anti-fraud effort should be targeted. All spirits of less than 30% ABV will be exempt, and the Government is attracted to the case for exempting liqueurs as a class altogether... this is a great relief for our members who trade in liqueurs, which were never considered subject to large-scale fraud.' Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, also applauded the Government's recognition of the need to be flexible as we work together in tackling spirits fraud.'