§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures in the Official Report in support of his recent statement that taxes on drink, petrol and tobacco are much lower in real terms than they were 10 years ago.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
Percentage changes between September 1966 and September 1976 in the real value of duty and VAT have been as follows:
Percent. Drink (weighted average) … … -20 Petrol (private consumer) … … -19 Tobacco (cigarettes) … … -25