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Vehicle Excise Duty

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much is raised in vehicle excise duty from owners of cars which have (a) a 1 litre engine, (b) a 1·5 litre engine, (c) a 2 litre engine, (d) a 2·5 litre engine and (e) a 3 litre engine; and what is the income and regional distribution of the car owners in each of these cases.

The Department's estimates of vehicle excise duty revenue from cars of different engine sizes are as follows:

Estimated vehicle excise duty revenue from cars 1988–89
Estimated vehicle excise duty revenue £ million
Engine size in litres
<1245
1 to 1·5795
1·5 to 2765
2 to 2·580
2·5 to 350
>335
TOTAL1,970

Source: DVLC licensing statistics 1988–89.

The following tables give estimated annual income of main drivers and regional distributions for cars with these engine sizes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much petrol prices would have to be raised for a revenue neutral budget if vehicle excise duty was (a) abolished, (b) frozen at its current rate, (c) abolsihed for cares of less than 1·5 litre engines and (d) abolished for cares of less than 2 litre engines; and what would be the impact on the retail prices index in each of these cases.