HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 c23W
Dr. Mawhinney

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total of (a) personal income tax and (b) value added tax lost to the Exchequer per annum as a consequence of illness caused either entirely or mainly by (a) smoking or (b) alcohol consumption.

Mr. Ridley

[pursuant to his reply, 26 January 1982, c. 295]: I regret that information is not available on which to base an estimate. However the yield to the Exchequer in 1981–82 is estimated to be:

  1. (a) on smoking £4 billion.
  2. (b) on alcohol consumption £4.6 billion.

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