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Revenue and Customs: Alcohol

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the estimated average strengths used by HM Revenue and Customs to convert the quantities of beer, wine, spirits and cider respectively into hectolitres of pure alcohol in the published statistics on the amount of alcohol released for home consumption in each of the years 2000–01 to 2006–07. [HL529]

The estimated strengths used to convert quantities of beer, wine and cider in to hectolitres of alcohol are:

Wine Average Strength (a)

Beer Average Strength

Cider Average Strength

2000-01

10.28 per cent

4.19 per cent

5.03 per cent

2001-02

10.07 per cent

4.16 per cent

5.02 per cent

2002-03

11.39 per cent

4.17 per cent

5.02 per cent

2003-04

11.74 per cent

4.19 per cent

5.02 per cent

2004-05

11.74 per cent

4.21 per cent

5.03 per cent

2005-06

11.77 per cent

4.17 per cent

5.03 per cent

2006-07

11.81 per cent

4.20 per cent

5.03 per cent

Note: (a) The increase in average strength in 2002-03 is caused by the reclassification of most “cooler/alcopops” to spirits-based “ready to drink”.

An average strength is not needed to produce the quantities of pure alcohol for spirits as the duty is charged on the quantity of alcohol released for consumption.