§ Mr. Ivan Henderson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net impact on United Kingdom retail trade if the Commission's option on the successor regime duty and tax-paid sales after 30 June 1999 is adopted. 
§ Mr. Geoffrey Robinson
No specific assessment has been made in the form suggested. However, Customs and Excise have been in very close touch with the trade regarding duty frees and the successor regime. In this way, the views of the trade are being taken into account in the Government's consideration of all the options, including the Commission's suggestion for a successor regime.