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Child Benefit (Financing)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what percentage (a) the duty on tobacco and (b) the duties on alcoholic drinks would each have to be raised beyond the increases proposed in the Budget, in order each to yield the cost of an increase in child benefit to £5·20 per week (i) in a full year and (ii) in the current financial year instead of £4·75 as proposed; and what would be the effect on the prices of 20 cigarettes, a pint of beer, a bottle of spirit and a bottle of wine.