Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Treasury written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 38-9W, on excise duties: alcoholic drinks, what the underlying trend in alcohol consumption was to which the Answer refers; and what the absolute values for consumption were in each year.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The revenue forecast for alcohol duties reflect the underlying trend in alcohol consumption, as measured by HM Revenue and Customs data on quantities of alcohol products cleared or released for UK consumption. Published estimates of quantities for each drink type are available from the UK Trade Info website:

http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bulletins

These historical estimates are used in an econometric model to forecast revenues from alcohol duties, but separate forecasts of quantities are not published. The revenue forecast from spirits, wine and beer and cider duties in 2007-08 and 2008-09 is published in Table C6 of the 2008 Budget report:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget/budget_08/report/bud_bud08_repindex.cfm

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