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Excise Duties: Wines

Treasury written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to reduce the excise duty on (a) wine, (b) sparkling wines and (c) fortified wines.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Exchequer Secretary

The actions taken by the Government since ending the wine duty escalator in 2014 have ensured that the price of typical bottle of wine is 16p lower in real terms than it otherwise would have been.

However, alcohol duties raise vital revenue to fund public services, and in order to protect the public finances, an RPI increase in duty rates is assumed in the public finances for all alcoholic drinks each year. All taxes are kept under review and the impact of a change to wine duty is considered at each Budget.

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