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Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cider

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what increase or decrease in the following duties would be required for their yields in real terms to be returned to the level they were in February 1974:(a) duty on beer, (b) duty on spirits, (c) duty on fortified wines, (d) duty on standard table wines and (e) duty on cider.

The present duty yields per unit of consumption are higher in real terms than the yields in February 1974. To return the duties to their real values in February 1974, the following approximate reductions would be needed:

  • (a) Beer duty, 2p per point.
  • (b) Spirits duty, 11p per bottle of home-produced mature spirit.
  • (c) Fortified wine, 21p per bottle of strong sherry.
  • (d) Table wine, 31p per bottle.
  • (e) rder,* 3p per pint.
  • * The duty on cider and perry was introduced on 6th September 1976.