§ 17. Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the average increase in tax on pipe tobacco expressed in terms of increased tax per ounce.
§ Mr. Gresham Cooke
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the price of popular brands of pipe tobacco has gone up by 2189 3d. an ounce since the Budget? Has he any information whether there has been an increase in the retailers' margins at the same time as the increase in the tax?
§ Mr. Brooke
My information is that the price has gone up by 2½d. in some cases and by 3d. in other cases. I understand from statements which have been made that the new prices include at least ½d. additional margin for retail distributors.