HL Deb 24 May 1979 vol 400 c529WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will reconsider the limit below which farmhouse cider makers are exempt from taxation, and whether they are prepared to begin discussions with interested parties.

The MINISTER of STATE, TREASURY (Lord Cockfield)

A comprehensive review of the exemption limit for small cider makers was undertaken during the fiscal year 1977–78, and the findings were published in the 69th Report of the Commissioners of HM Customs and Excise, Cmnd. 7455, dated February 1979. A copy of the report is available in the Library. The review showed that there was strong opposition to raising the exemption limit from the trade association representing the small registered cider makers and that no real evidence of hardship being caused to traditional farmhouse cider makers existed. If the noble Lord has evidence of any such hardship it would of course be very carefully considered.

Interviewed at end March 1979 (time in months)
Priority Main Settlement Queue Husbands' Queue Fiancés' Queue
Dacca 7 22 None interviewed None interviewed
New Delhi No delay 6 12 12
Bombay 12½ 12½
Islamabad 19¾ 19¾ 22¾
Karachi 19¾ 19¾ 22¾
Applied at end March 1979
Priority Main Settlement Queue Husbands' Queue Fiancés' Queue
Dacca 24½ 24½ 26
New Delhi No delay 10 19 19
Bombay 7 15¾ 15¾
Islamabad 22 22 26
Karachi 22 22 26