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Spirits: Excise Duties

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 110365, tabled on 30 October 2017

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 3.9 per cent increase in spirits duty in March 2017 on spirits revenue to the Exchequer in the first quarter of 2017-18.

Answered on

6 November 2017

The government published its assessment of the impacts of the alcohol duty changes in the Tax Information and Impact Note, which can be found online at:

The government ended the spirits duty escalator in 2014 with a duty freeze, followed by a cut in 2015 and a further freeze in 2016. The previous action taken means that the tax on a bottle of Scotch Whisky is now 90p lower than it would otherwise have been since ending the spirits duty escalator in 2014.

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