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Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the most recent EU review of minimum rates of excise duty to be applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages. (319955)

The European Commission proposed revisions to the EU directive setting minimum rates of excise duty on alcoholic beverages in September 2006. Following two discussions at ministerial level at ECOFIN in November 2006, when it was not possible to reach agreement, successive EU presidencies have chosen not to schedule further Council discussions of the dossier. We understand that the Spanish presidency currently has no plans to do so either.