§ Mr. Hordern
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the proportion taken up by duties and taxes of the cost of a typical packet of 20 cigarettes in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and West Germany.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
It is difficult to obtain strictly comparable information for the various countries. The following estimates are believed to give a reasonable indication of taxation on cigarettes as percentages of the retail price.
(a) United Kingdom … … 73 (b) United States … … 45 (c) France … … 72 (d) West Germany … … 69