§ 25. Miss McIntosh
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the continuation of duty-free sales after 30 June 1999; what transitional measures he proposes to introduce; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
I have received a number of representations on the continuation of duty-free sales after 30 June 1999. This matter was discussed at the ECOFIN Council meeting on 1 December where a minority of Member States, supported by the UK, called for a fresh look at the decision to end intra-EU duty free sales on 30 June 1999. However, unanimity amongst Member States is required and there was no consensus for change. The Government are continuing to consider the arrangements which should apply after 30 June 1999.