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Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the demand elasticity with respect to the price of (a) wine, (b) spirits, (c) strong beer, lager and cider, (d) normal strength beer, lager and cider, (e) fortified wine and (f) alcopops as defined by the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement. (197608)

Demand elasticities with respect to the price of alcoholic beverages are based on research published in a Government Economic Service (GES) Working Paper (no. 140) in May 2003, available at:

http://www.customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/downloadFile?contentID=HMCE_PROD_008459