HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c117W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the United Kingdom economy of holidaymakers purchasing goods duty paid abroad. [4452]

Dawn Primarolo

Customs' latest estimate of the retail value of alcohol and tobacco products purchased duty paid in other EU member states for personal importation into the United Kingdom is given in the table. The figures shown are for the year ending 30 June 1996.

Legitimate cross-border shopping
£ million
Product type Retail value
Beer 175
Wine 450
Spirits 185
Tobacco products 95
Total 905

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

Customs have no estimate of the value of other goods purchased duty-paid by UK residents abroad.

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