The Scotch Whisky Association said it was "very disappointed" by Labour MPs' decision to support the Treasury's controversial plans to introduce duty stamps on whisky bottles. Labour MPs, including Irene Adams, the chairwoman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, which produced a damning report on the plans, backed the government in the Commons, although opposition parties accused Scottish Labour MPs of recklessness. The whisky industry maintains thousands of jobs will be lost because of the costs of implementing the plans, and insists the scale of duty fraud is far below that which the government claims. The Treasury figures put the costs to the Exchequer of the present level of fraud at £600m a year, but the Scottish Affairs Committee said the actual figure could be as low as £150m and warned that the government was "reckless" for going ahead without more solid figures. Adams defended her decision to vote with the government, claiming she had been assured the industry would receive financial help "and that every avenue would be explored". Representatives of the industry will hold further talks with Treasury ministers on Thursday, calling for financial assistance. A spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association said the government still had many questions to answer about the impact of strip stamps, which are due to be introduced by 2006. Peter Duncan, the shadow Scottish Secretary, described the move as a "very destructive measure". "This is a burden too far for the Scottish whisky industry," he added.