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Excise Duties: Shipping

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many responses have been received to the Government’s consultation document, Energy Products Directive—Expiry of the Derogation for Private Pleasure Boats: Consultation on the Options for Change; and if he will make a statement; (194697)

(2) what estimate he has made of the annual tax revenue that will be generated by the reduced rate of fuel duty for private pleasure boating when it is introduced from 1 November 2008, broken down by the type of vessel; and when he plans to announce the new rate of such duty;

(3) what revenue was generated from duty on red diesel in 2006-07, broken down by type of vessel and vehicle; and what revenue is forecast for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

515 responses to the consultation were received.

A summary of responses and the Impact Assessment setting out the outcome of the consultation are available from the HMRC website. The Impact Assessment includes details of the duty rate and an initial estimate of the Exchequer impact of the changes.

Information on the revenue raised from red diesel (gas oil) is available at the UK Trade Info website at:

http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bulloil

Table 3 shows fuel duty receipts from gas oil only, a breakdown by vessel and vehicle type is not available.

The revenue forecast from fuel duty in 2007-08 and 2008-09 is published in Table C6 of the 2008 Budget report

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget/budget_08/report/bud_bud08_repindex.cfm

A detailed breakdown by fuel type is not published.