HC Deb 17 July 1981 vol 8 c482W
Mr. Hill

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what, according to his calculations, will be the effect on employment in the tobacco manufacturing industry of the latest increase in taxes on tobacco.

Mr. Peter Rees

Future employment in the tobacco industry depends on decisions to be taken by manufacturers in the light of many factors including changes in both their domestic and their overseas markets. The duty increase on 8 July is expected to reduce consumption of tobacco products in the United Kingdom in 1981–82 by about 1½ per cent, below what it would otherwise have been.