NAO to investigate whisky fraud claims
The National Audit Office is to take a close look at whisky fraud after the chancellor said the Treasury misses out on duty on one in every six bottles.
Treasury minister John Healey announced the NAO would examine Gordon Brown’s claim amidst disagreement over the figure and means of tackling the problem.
The government plans to introduce a stamp scheme, a move which has provoked fierce opposition from the industry. It fears such a sceme could cost around £280m and put some smaller distilleries out of business.
Deputy enterprise minister Lewis Macdonald said: ‘Sir John Bourn, the comptroller and auditor general, has expressed his willingness to look at the disputed figures for fraud.’