§ Mr. Myles
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) the amount of revenue collected from excise duty and other taxes on spirits in the years 1979–80 and 1980–81 and (b) the amount of increase in revenue expected to be raised in 1980–81 as a result of the increase of 50 pence per bottle imposed in the 1980 Budget.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
It is estimated that the revenue collected from excise duty and VAT on spirits was about £1,415 million in 1979–80 and will be about £1,500 million in 1980–81. The Financial Statement and Budget Report 1980–81 records that, as a result of the increase in spirits duty imposed in the 1980 Budget, total revenue was expected to be about £40 million more in 1980–81 than it would otherwise have been.