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Slainte mhath

Brian Taylor | 12:32 UK time, Wednesday, 26 November 2008

What a difference a day makes? On GMS yesterday, the Chancellor was confronted with claims that the Scotch whisky industry was being unfairly hit by the detailed implementation of his tax plans.

He had told MPs that he was simply offsetting the cut in VAT by increasing duty.

The industry thought otherwise, as we reported. They said the new duty outpaced the VAT cut.

By Reporting Scotland and Newsnight Scotland last night, the Chancellor had acknowledged and addressed the issue.

Today he intends to table reforms to sort the problem - and ensure that Scotch isn't disadvantaged.

Slainte mhath.

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