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3 Spirits (Customs And Excise)

Volume 890: debated on Monday 21 April 1975

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Motion made, and Question,

That, as from 16th April 1975—
  • (1) the rate of the duty of excise charge-able under section 1 of the Finance Act 1964 on British spirits by virtue of Schedule 1 to the Finance Act 1973 and section 1(1) of the Finance Act 1974 shall be increased by £5·0800 per proof gallon;
  • (2) the rates of the duties of customs charge-able under section 1 of the Finance Act 1964 on imported spirits other than perfumed spirits by virtue of Schedule 1 to the Finance Act 1973, section 1(2) of the Finance Act 1974 or any order made before that date under section 1(4) of the Finance Act 1973 shall each be increased—
  • (a) in the case of spirits not comprised in sub-paragraph (b) below, by £5·0800 per proof gallon; and
  • (b) in the case of liquers, cordials, mixtures and other preparations in bottle, entered in such manner as to indicate that the strength is not to be tested, by £6·8600 per liquid gallon;
  • but without prejudice to the powers conferred on the Treasury by section 1 of the Finance Act 1973. And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.—[Mr. Healey.]

    put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 94 (Ways and Means motions):—

    The House divided: Ayes 287, Noes 15.

    Dunn, James A.Kelley, RichardRoberts, Albert (Normanton)
    Dunnett, JackKerr, RussellRoberts, Gwilym (Cannock)
    Dunwoody, Mrs GwynethKilroy-Silk, RobertRobertson, John (Paisley)
    Eadie, AlexLambie, DavidRoderick, Caerwyn
    Edelman, MauriceLamborn, HarryRodgers, George (Chorley)
    Edge, GeoffLamond, JamesRodgers, William (Stockton)
    Edwards, Robert (Wolv SE)Leadbitter, TedRooker, J. W.
    Ellis, John (Brigg & Scun)Lee, JohnRose, Paul B.
    Ellis, Tom (Wrexham)Lestor, Miss Joan (Eton & Slough)Ross, Rt Hon W. (Kilmarnock)
    English, MichaelLever, Rt Hon HaroldRowlands, Ted
    Ennals, DavidLewis, Ron (Carlisle)Ryman, John
    Evans, Fred (Caerphilly)Lipton, MarcusSandelson, Neville
    Evans, loan (Aberdare)Lomas, KennethSedgemore, Brian
    Evans, John (Newton)Loyden, EddieSelby, Harry
    Ewing, Harry (Stirling)Luard, EvanShaw, Arnold (Ilford South)
    Fernyhough, Rt Hon E.Lyon, Alexander (York)Sheldon, Robert (Ashton-u-Lyne)
    Fitch, Alan (Wigan)Lyons, Edward (Bradford W)Shore, Rt Hon Peter
    Fitt, Gerard (Belfast W)McElhone, FrankShort, Rt Hon E. (Newcastle C)
    Flannery, MartinMacFarquhar, RoderickShort, Mrs Renee (Wolv NE)
    Fletcher, Ted (Darlington)McGuire, Michael (Ince)Silkin, Rt Hon John (Deptford)
    Foot, Rt Hon MichaelMackenzie, GregorSilkin, Rt Hon S. C. (Dulwich)
    Ford, BenMackintosh, John P.Silverman, Julius
    Forrester, JohnMaclennan RobertSkinner, Dennis
    Fowler, Gerald (The Wrekin)McMillan, Tom (Glasgow C)Small, William
    Fraser, John (Lambeth, N'w'd)McNamara, KevinSmith, John (N Lanarkshire)
    Freeson. ReginaldMadden, MaxSpearing, Nigel
    Garrett, John (Norwich S)Magee, BryanSpriggs, Leslie
    Garrett, W. E. (Wallsend)Maguire, Frank (Fermanagh)Stallard, A. W.
    George, BruceMahon, SimonStewart, Rt Hon M. (Fulham)
    Gilbert, Dr JohnMallalieu, J. P. W.Stoddart, David
    Ginsburg, DavidMarks, KennethStott, Roger
    Golding, JohnMarquand, DavidStrang, Gavin
    Gould, BryanMarshall, Dr Edmund (Goole)Strauss, Rt Hon G. R.
    Gourlay, HarryMarshall, Jim (Leicester S)Summerskill, Hon Dr Shirley
    Graham, TedMeacher, MichaelSwain, Thomas
    Grant, George (Morpeth)Mellish, Rt Hon RobertTaylor, Mrs Ann (Bolton W)
    Grant, John (Islington C)Mikardo, IanThomas, Jeffrey (Abertillery)
    Grocott, BruceMillen, BruceThomas, Mike (Newcastle E)
    Hamilton, W. W. (Central Fife)Miller, Dr M. S. (E Kilbride)Thomas, Ron (Bristol NW)
    Hardy, PeterMiller, Mrs Millie (Ilford N)Thorne, Stan (Preston South)
    Harrison, Walter (Wakefield)Mitchell, R. C. (Solon, Itchen)Tierney, Sydney
    Hart, Rt Hon JudithMolloy, WilliamTinn, James
    Hattersley, Rt Hon RoyMoonman, EricTomlinson, John
    Hatton, FrankMorris, Alfred (Wythenshawe)Tomney, Frank
    Hayman, Mrs HeleneMorris, Charles R. (Openshaw)Torney, Tom
    Healey, Rt Hon DenisMorris, Rt Hon J. (Aberavon)Varley, Rt Hon Eric G.
    Heffer, Eric S.Moyle, RolandWainwright, Edwin (Dearne V)
    Hooley, FrankMulley, Rt Hon FrederickWalden, Brian (B'ham, L'dyw'd)
    Horam, JohnMurray, Rt Hon Ronald KingWalker, Harold (Doncaster)
    Howell, Denis (B'ham, Sm H)Newens, StanleyWalker, Terry (Kingswood)
    Hoyle, Doug (Nelson)Noble, MikeWard, Michael
    Huckfield, LesOakes, GordonWatkins, David
    Hughes, Rt Hon C. (Anglesey)Ogden, EricWeetch, Ken
    Hughes, Mark (Durham)O'Halloran, MichaelWeitzman, David
    Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)O'Malley, Rt Hon BrianWellbeloved, James
    Hughes, Roy (Newport)Orbach, MauriceWhite, Frank R. (Bury)
    Hunter, AdamOrme, Rt Hon StanleyWhite, James (Pollok)
    Irvine, Rt Hon Sir A. (Edge Hill)Ovenden, JohnWhitlock, William
    Irving, Rt Hon S. (Dartford)Owen, Dr DavidWilley, Rt Hon Frederick
    Jackson, Colin (Brighouse)Padley, WalterWilliams, Alan (Swansea W)
    Jackson, Miss Margaret (Lincoln)Palmer, ArthurWilliams, Alan Lee (Hornch'ch)
    Janner, GrevillePark, GeorgeWilliams, Rt Hon Shirley (Hertford)
    Jay, Rt Hon DouglasParker, JohnWilliams, W. T. (Warrington)
    Jeger, Mrs LenaParry, RobertWilson, Rt Hon H. (Huyton)
    Jenkins, Hugh (Putney)Pavitt, LaurieWilson, William (Coventry SE)
    Jenkins, Rt Hon Roy (Stechford)Peart, Rt Hon FredWise, Mrs Audrey
    John, BrynmorPerry, ErnestWoodall, Alec
    Johnson, James (Hull West)Phipps, Dr ColinWool, Robert
    Johnson, Walter (Derby S)Prentice, Rt Hon RegWrigglesworth, Ian
    Jones, Alec (Rhondda)Price, C. (Lewisham W)Young, David (Bolton E)
    Jones, Barry (East Flint)Price, William (Rugby)
    Jones, Dan (Burnley)Radice, GilesTELLERS FOR THE AYES:
    Judd, FrankRees, Rt Hon Merlyn (Leeds S)Mr. Joseph Harper and
    Kaufman, GeraldRichardson. Miss JoMr. James Hamilton

    NOES

    Brotherton, MichaelHutchison, Michael ClarkWatt, Hamish
    Crawford, DouglasKimball, MarcusWelsh, Andrew
    Ewing, Mrs Winifred (Moray)MacCormick, IainWilson, Gordon (Dundee E)
    Fairbairn, NicholasMorgan-Giles, Rear-Admiral
    Gilmour, Sir John (East Fife)Stewart, Donald (Western Isles)TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
    Gray, HamishThompson, GeorgeMrs. Margaret Bain and
    Mr. Douglas Henderson.

    Question accordingly agreed to.