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Wine

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rate of duty on English grown wines; and what is the equivalent duty paid by wine growers in the other member States of the EEC on wine grown for domestic consumption.

The rates of excise duty and of VAT on table wine in each member State of the EEC are as follows:

Duty per gallon of Table WineRate of VAT
(£*)(per cent.)
United Kingdom3·258
Belgium0·8825
Denmark3·3115
France0·0517·6
Ireland2·3010
ItalyNil14
Luxembourg0·445
Netherlands0·8918
West GermanyNil11
* Converted at exchange rates on 10th May 1977.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rate of duty on home-produced wine expressed as a percentage of the duty on home-produced beer in each of the member States of the EEC.

There is no recognised and uniquely fair way of comparing beer and wine. The following table shows the excise duty charged per degree of alcohol on table wine as a percentage of the excise duty on beer calculated on the same basis. In all EEC countries VAT is also charged.

United Kingdom152
Belgium134
Denmark75
France67
Ireland56
ItalyNil
Luxembourg86
Netherlands134
West GermanyNil