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Alcohol (Duty)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to discuss with the Council of Finance Ministers of the European Community duty on alcoholic beverages; and if' he will make a statement.

The Economic and Finance Council will discuss the European Commission's package of proposals for tax approximation, which includes provision for the harmonisation of excise duty rates, in the light of the report of its Economic Policy Committee which is expected in the spring.