HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c105W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his most recent estimate of the duty revenues lost as a result of cross-border shopping for, and smuggling of,(a) cigarettes, (b) hand rolling tobacco, (c) beer, (d) wine and (e) spirits. [3544]

Dawn Primarolo

Custom's latest estimate of excise duty paid alcohol and tobacco products is for the year ending 30 june 1996, and is given in table 1, and for smuggling is given in table 2.

Table 1: Revenue losses from cross border shopping
Product type Excise duty
Beer 25
Wine 75
Spirits 45
Tobacco products 55
Total 200

Figures have been independently rounded to £5 million. Figures assume that 50 per cent. of alcohol purchased is additional consumption. Customs have no separate estimates of the revenue losses for individual types of tobacco products.

Table 2: Revenue evaded through smuggling
£ million
Product type Excise duty
Beer 75
Wine 35
Spirits 40
Hand-rolling tobacco 335
Cigarettes and other tobacco products 110
Total 590

Figures have been, independently rounded to £5 million. Components may not therefore sum to the totals given.

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