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Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of new vehicles which will be purchased and registered in each of the new vehicle excise duty bands in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2014-15; (234260)

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of vehicles which will be in each of the new vehicle excise duty bands that were (a) purchased prior to 2001, (b) purchased prior to 2008-09 and (c) purchased after 2008-09 in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13 and (iv) 2014-15.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1950-51W and 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 724W. Pre-2001 cars are not affected by the structural reforms to carbon dioxide based emissions rates and bandings. They will remain in two bands according to engine size. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is administered on vehicle registration rather than the time of purchase.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will link vehicle excise duty for motorcycles to engine emissions on a similar basis as for cars. (234512)

No, carbon dioxide based Vehicle Excise Duty for cars rests on data produced through the European-wide system of vehicle type approval. This system does not produce carbon dioxide data for motorcycles.