The British Beer and Pub Association has said that spirits fraud is not the problem the government portrays and blamed it on high levels of tax. Giving evidence to the Treasury committee investigating alcohol fraud, David Long, director of brewing at the BBPA said: "The differential in excise duty between the UK and France is driving fraud." In a written submission to the inquiry the BBPA said: "We remain of the view that addressing the root of the problem – the high tax rate – is the only long-term solution." The government is intending to introduce tax stamps in 2006 to combat the fraud, but Ian Good, chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: "Tax stamps provide a check, which is good. If the cost is disproportionate to the size of the problem in the industry that is going to make our industry uncompetitive, which is bad for UK plc."