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Vat (Alcoholic Beverages)

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Chislehurst on 12 December 1986, Official Report, column 261, he can now report on the outcome of the Government's representations to the Greek authorities and the European Commission on the discriminatory rates of value added tax applied to certain alcoholic beverages.

At our request, the European Commission has pursued this with the Greek authorities and is considering possible infraction proceedings in the European Court. We will continue to insist on early action to remove any discrimination against United Kingdom exports of spirits to Greece.