HL Deb 16 February 1983 vol 439 cc330-1WA
Lord O'Hagan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much revenue has been collected by taxing farmhouse cider in each of the last five years; and whether this revenue exceeds the cost of collection.

The Secretary of State for Trade (Lord Cockfield)

Total receipts of duty from all cider for each year between 1977–78 and 1981–82, were £11.6 million, £11.8 million, £12.5 million, £13.2 million and £17.6 million (provisional). Separate information is not available for farmhouse cider, but it would have accounted for around 5 per cent. of the total. No information is available regarding collection costs, but they are believed to be small.