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Excise Duties

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all changes in rates made since May 1979 in (a) petrol excise duty, (b) diesel excise duty, (c) vehicle excise duty for private cars and for a medium goods vehicle and a heavy goods vehicle, (d) car tax and (e) value added tax on vehicle and fuel sales; and what was the revenue for each category of tax with the percentage increase in the period, in nominal and in real terms.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 March 1982, c. 18]: The information is as follows:

Tab1e A
Changes in rates of Tax
June 1979March 1980March 1981Ju1y 1981March 1982
(a) Petrol excise duty (per litre)+1·5p+1·9p+3·82p+1·72p
(b) Derv excise duty (per litre)+1·5p+0·8p+3·82p-1·91p+1·34p
(c) Vehicle excise duty (per Vehicle per annum)
Private Vehicle+£10+£10+£10
Medium goods Vehicle 5½–5¾ tons unladen weight+£80+£71+£70
Heavy goods Vehicle 10½–10¾ tons unladen weight+£274+£177+£343
(d) Car tax
(e) Value added tax
Motor Vehicles8 per cent. to 13 percent.
Petrol12½ per cent. to 15 percent.
Derv8 per cent. to 15 per cent.
Table B
net receipts in 1978–79 and estimates for 1982–83
Change between 1978–79 and 1982–83
1978–791982–83*NominalReal terms†
(£ million)(£ million)(per cent.)(per cent.)
(a) Petrol excise duty1,6543,950+140+44
(b) Derv excise duty559925+61-0·5
(c) Vehicle excise duty1,1131,854+67+0·2
(d) Car tax381600+57-5·3
(e) Value added tax on vehicle and road fuel sales*6851,975+188+73
* Estimated.
† Adjusted by the GDP deflator at market prices.