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Cigarettes

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the United Kingdom cigarette market was accounted for by cheap foreign imports in the years 1980 to 1989 inclusive; and if he will list the Budget tax increases on cigarettes for each of those years.

[holding answer 20 December 1989]: Figures on cheap foreign imports are not available. The table shows the share of imports in home consumption of cigarettes in the years 1980–89 and the rates of specific excise duty in place after the Budget. An ad valorem duty of 21 per cent. of the listed retail selling price applies to all cigarettes.

Cigarettes
Share of consumption Per cent.Excise Duty Rates Specific Duty (£per 1,000 cigarettes)
19801·713·42
19811·418·04
19821·720·68
19831·921·67
19846·424·97
198511·226·95
198612·430·61
198711·630·61
19889·631·74
19897·431·74
1 January to October average