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Tobacco: Excise Duties

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for a levy on cigarette manufacturers to pay for the removal of discarded cigarette butts. (202486)

The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review. The Government currently have no plans for such a levy.

DEFRA has recently funded four smoking litter campaigns, organised by Environmental Campaigns (ENCAMS), the organisation which runs the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. The Government will continue to encourage local authorities to use their powers in this regard to take action, where appropriate, against those discarding smoking related litter.