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Matches And Lighters (Duty)

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to his reply, Official Report, 29 November 1982, c. 76, what were the receipts obtained from the excise duty on (a) matches and (b) mechanical lighters in 1981–82; and whether he can give an estimate of the revenue from the excise duty from (a) matches and (b) mechanical lighters from April to October 1982.

Net receipts (provisional) of excise duty were as follows:

(£ million)
(a) matches(b) mechanical lighters
1981–8211·35·1
April-October 19826·83·0

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what percentage receipts from the excise duty on (a) matches and (b) mechanical lighters rose in 1981–82; and what percentage of total customs and excise receipts the duty on matches and lighters was in 1980–81 and 1981–82.

Receipts from exise duty on matches and mechanical lighters in 1981–82 were 113 per cent. and 21 per cent., respectively, more than in 1980–81. Duty receipts from matches and mechanical lighters represented 0·04 per cent. and 0·06 per cent. of total customs and excise net receipts in 1980–81 and 1981–82, respectively.