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Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue (1) accrued to the Exchequer from duties on sales of alcohol in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months; (316707)

(2) has accrued to the Exchequer from value added tax collected in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what proportion of that revenue accrued from sales of alcohol.

Historical alcohol duty revenue figures for the UK can be found in Table 2 of any of HM Revenue and Customs Alcohol Bulletins, copies of which can be found at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bulletins&hasFlashPlayer=true

Information on revenue from VAT and duty on alcohol in Northern Ireland is not available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from alcohol excise duties on spirits in the last 12 months; and what estimates were made of such revenue for that period in the last three years; (316709)

(2) how much revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from tax on the sale of (a) domestically-produced and (b) imported spirits in each of the last 12 months.

Historical receipts of duty collected from spirits can be found in Table 2 of the HM Revenue and Customs Spirits Bulletin, a copy of which can be found at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bullspirits

Estimates for domestically-produced or imported spirits are not available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Tamworth of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1675W, on excise duties: alcoholic drinks, what percentage of the average price of a (a) pint of 4 per cent. beer, (b) a 70cl bottle of 37 per cent. spirits and (c) a 75cl bottle of 13 per cent. wine comprised tax in each of the last 10 years. (316719)

HMRC publishes data on the percentage of the average price of various alcohol products that is comprised of tax in the Alcohol Factsheet. This can be found in Tables 3.1 to 3.8 at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=factalcohol

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax has been recovered in the sale of seized contraband (a) beer, (b) wine and (c) spirits in each of the last five years. (316758)

HMRC’s policy is not to sell seized alcohol due to the potential risks with Health and Safety and trade descriptions. Seized alcohol is disposed through a specialist contractor that uses environmentally sound methods.