§ Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the volume of cigarette sales in the United Kingdom in 1980–81, 1985–86 and in the first three months of the present financial year; and what proportion of the total volume of those sales was met by imported cigarettes in each of those periods.
§ Mr. Butcher
The information available on quantities of cigarettes released for consumption in United Kingdom as compiled by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is as follows:
Quantities of cigarettes released for home consumption Total clearances Proportion accounted for by imports Million Per cent. 1980–81 119,185 1.5 1985–86 96,304 11.0 1986–87 April-June 13,190 8.1
Source: Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.