Excise Duties: Tobacco

Treasury written question – answered on 5th November 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that UK sovereignty over the setting of excise duty rates, and use of that revenue, during negotiations on the draft guidelines for the implementation of Article 6 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, in Seoul in November 2012.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Article 6 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the draft text of the guidelines for implementation of that Article make clear that the guidelines currently under negotiation are non-binding and that States Party to the Convention retain full sovereignty over fiscal matters, including how revenues from tobacco taxation are spent. The issue of a threat to UK sovereignty over the setting of excise rates and the use of that revenue does not therefore arise.

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