asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much the excise duty on spirits rose or fell between November 1951 and October 1964, between November 1964 and June 1970, between July 1970 and February 1974 and between March 1974 and March 1977.
Changes in the Excise duty rate for spirits between the dates in question were as follows:—
|Between||Change per proof gallon|
|1st November 1951 and 31st October 1964||+ £2.6s.8d.|
|1st November 1964 and 30th June 1970||+ £5.19s.6d.|
|1st July 1970 and 28th February 1977||- £3·40*|
|1st March 1974 and 31st March 1974||+ £11·64|
|* Reflecting the abatement of the revenue duty when VAT was introduced on 1st April 1973.|