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Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the percentage of tax accounted for in the retail price of wine, beer, cigarettes and whisky in 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1979.

Retail prices vary widely, particularly between on-licence and off-licence sales in the case of alcoholic drinks. It is estimated that for typical off-licence prices for wines and spirits, typical public bar prices for beer and typical retail selling prices for standard tipped cigarettes, the tax contents were probably of the order of: