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Column 247Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)
Spicer, Sir James (W Dorset)
Spink, Dr Robert
Squire, Robin (Hornchurch)
Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John
Tapsell, Sir Peter
Taylor, Ian (Esher)
Taylor, John M (Solihull)
Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
Thompson, Sir Donald (C'er V)
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Townend, John (Bridlington)
Townsend, Cyril D (Bexl'yh'th)
Twinn, Dr Ian
Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Waldegrave, Rt Hon William
Walker, Bill (N Tayside)
Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Wheeler, Rt Hon Sir John
Wiggin, Sir Jerry
Young, Rt Hon Sir George
Tellers for the Noes: Mr. David Lightbown and Mr. Sydney Chapman.
Column 247Question accordingly agreed to.
Main Question, as amended, agreed to.
That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax other than in respect of value added tax on fuel and power for domestic or charity use so as to provide--
(a) for zero-rating or exempting any supply, acquisition or importation;
(b) for refunding any amount of tax;
(c) for varying any rate at which that tax is at any time chargeable; or
(d) for relief other than relief applying to goods of whatever description or services of whatever description.
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The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Tony Newton): On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I think that it would be for the convenience of the House to know that my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will seek to catch your eye to give an indication of his intentions at the conclusion of any further votes on these resolutions.
Mr. Gordon Brown: Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. The House of Commons has now spoken for the country against a Government who are both discredited and no longer in control of events. Will you insist, Madam Speaker, that when the Chancellor makes his statement to the House, he withdraws the proposal to put up VAT to 17.5 per cent?
Mr. Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. The Leader of the House has indicated that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will make his position clear. Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer acknowledge that the House has said quite clearly that that tax must be removed and that what we want is a motion to remove it?
I have to put the remaining motions on the Budget resolutions. I am now required, under Standing Order No. 50, to put successively, without further debate, the motions on each of the Ways and Means motions, Nos. 2 to 64, and on the motions on procedure and finance, on all of which the Bill is to be brought in. After that, I will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion entitled "Public Expenditure". Instead of reading out each motion in extenso-- [Interruption.] Order. Do listen to what is going on in the House. I propose to follow the procedure used in recent years. That is to say, I will first state the title of the motion and then put simply the Question that the motion be agreed to. We start with motion No. 2, and that is "Low-strength alcohol".
Madam Speaker-- then, pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 50 (Ways and Means Motions), put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of the further motions.
(1) The Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be amended as follows.
(2) In section 1, in subsections (4) and (5) after the words "any liquor" there shall in both cases be inserted "which is of a strength exceeding 1.2 per cent and which is".
(3) In section 1(6) after the word "strength" there shall be inserted "exceeding 1.2 per cent but".
(4) In section 59(1) for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following paragraph--
"(b) is wine or made-wine of a strength exceeding 5.5 per cent.".
Column 249(5) Paragraphs (2) and (4) above--
(a) shall apply in relation to liquor imported into, or produced in, the United Kingdom on or after 1st January 1995, and
(b) as regards any provision about liquor removed to the United Kingdom from the Isle of Man, shall also apply in relation to liquor so removed on or after that date.
Column 250(6) Paragraph (3) above shall apply in relation to liquor imported into, or made in, the United Kingdom on or after 1st January 1995. And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.
Motion made, and Question put,
Column 252(1) For the Table of rates of duty in Schedule 1 to the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 there shall be substituted the following Table--
Column 251Table of Rates of Duty on Wine and Made-Wine
Wine or Made-Wine of a Strength not Exceeding 22 per cent.
Table of Rates of Duty on Wine and Made-Wine Part 1 Wine or Made-Wine of a Strength not Exceeding 22 per cent Description of wine or made-wine ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Wine or made-wine of a strength not exceeding 4 per cent. exceeding 5.5 per cent. exceeding 15 per cent. and not sparkling 5.5 per cent. but not exceeding 15 per cent. exceeding 22 per cent.
Part II Wine or Made-Wine of a Strength Exceeding 22 per cent. Description of wine |Rates of duty per or made-wine |litre ofalcohol in |the wine or made |wine ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |£ Wine or made-wine of a strength exceeding 22 per cent. |19.81
The House divided: Ayes 321, Noes 297.
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Column 251Ainsworth, Peter (East Surrey)
Aitken, Rt Hon Jonathan
Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby)
Allason, Rupert (Torbay)
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)
Arnold, Sir Thomas (Hazel Grv)
Atkinson, David (Bour'mouth E)
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset North)
Baker, Rt Hon K (Mole Valley)
Banks, Matthew (Southport)