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.
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:
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: