SWA submission to Treasury Committee Inquiry

12 Nov 2015

Introduction

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)works to sustain Scotch Whisky's place as the
world's leading high-quality spirit drink and its long-term growth worldwide. Its
member companies account for around 95% of the industry. We work towards fair
market access, a competitive and sustainable business environment, safeguarding
the category 'Scotch Whisky' against unfair competition, and promoting the
responsible use of alcohol.

Securing the best possible commercial environment for Scotch Whisky is vital to the
Scottish economy, as Scotch Whisky represents around 10% of all Scottish exports to
the EU.  It is also important to the wider UK economy, as the industry generates
£4bn in exports annually, a third of which goes to the EU.

We therefore welcome the Committee's inquiry into the economic and financial
costs and benefits of the UK's membership of the European Union. This evidence
addresses various issues raised in the inquiry's Terms of Reference.