To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cigarettes were released for home consumption during the six months following the last Budget and the previous two periods of six months; what estimates he has made on the effect on cigarette sales if he had raised cigarette tax in line with inflation; and if he will make a statement.
The figures requested are as follows:
|Clearances of cigarettes for home consumption|
|April to September 1986||37|
|October 1986 to March 1987||58|
|April 1987 to September 1987||41|