HC Deb 27 January 1978 vol 942 cc841-2W
Mr. MacGregor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's attitude and intended representations or actions on the EEC Commission's draft directives on harmonisation of excise duties on beer and other alcohol.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

The EEC Commission sent a communication to the Council of Ministers in August last year inviting further consideration of the Commission's proposals for harmonising the structure of the excise duties on alcohol and beer. Her Majesty's Government are considering their view on these proposals, which will be debated in the House on Monday 30th January. The Government will, of course, seek to ensure that any agreements reached during EEC negotiations are both desirable and practicable.

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