Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 12

Letter from HM Treasury to the Clerk of the Committee

  Thank you for your letter of 24 June.

  I enclose updated versions of the tables provided by Customs and Excise in their paper of 18 February[3].

  You also asked for information on the extent to which differentials in fuel prices between other Member States distort competition in the fuel market in the way in which they apparently do in Northern Ireland. I regret that we do not have any information on this.

5 July 1999

1.1  National borders—duty differentials

SECTION 1

  (Source: Excise Duty Rate Tables (April 99) produced by the European Commission, DirectorateGeneral XXI).


ABDuty differentials

Member StateEU land boundary Petrol (ECU per 1000 litres)Diesel (ECU per 1000 litres)

AustriaGermany +  93.22+  34.26
Italy+120.80 +103.7  
BelgiumGermany(ne 10%) (ne 10%)
France+  92.26 +  77.04
Netherlands+  76.08 +  37.81
Luxembourg-145.94 -  37.10
GermanyFrance +  84.64+  50.05
Denmark(ne 10%) (ne 10%)
Luxembourg-153.56 -  64.09
Austria-  93.22 -  34.26
Netherlands+  68.46 +  10.82
Belgium(ne 10%) (ne 10%)
DenmarkGermany (ne 10%)(ne 10%)
Greece
SpainPortugal +117.72(ne 10%)
France+213.37 +  96.81
FinlandSweden(ne 10%) (ne 10%)
FranceBelgium -  92.26-  77.04
Germany-  84.64 -  50.05
Spain-213.37 -  96.81
Italy-  57.06 (ne 10%)
Luxembourg-238.20 -114.14
United KingdomRepublic of Ireland -284.00-378.29
IrelandUnited Kingdom +284.00+378.29
ItalyFrance+  57.06 (ne 10%)
Austria-120.80 -103.7  
LuxembourgBelgium +145.94+  37.10
France+238.20 +114.14
Germany+153.56 +  64.09
NetherlandsBelgium -  76.08-  37.81
Germany-  68.46 (ne 10%)
PortugalSpain -117.72-  18.44
SwedenFinland(ne 10%) (ne 10%)

NOTES

The Member States in bold in column B have a duty differential of 10 per cent on at least one mineral oil product compared to column A. 10 per cent is assumed to represent a material difference for the purposes of this paper.

A plus figure means that the duty rate for the country in column B is greater than that for the country in column A.

A minus figure means that the duty rate for the country in column B is less than that for the country in column A.

1.2  European road fuel prices

as at 14 June 1999 (all prices converted to pence per litre):

  (Source: Department of Trade and Industry, Energy Policy and Analysis Unit).


Current prices Price differential

Member StateUnleaded DieselEU land boundary UnleadedDiesel

Austria51.0438.95 Germany
Italy
+  4.10 +10.44 +  1.23 +  9.16
Belgium57.2039.17 Germany
France
Netherlands
Luxembourg
-  2.06 +  3.14 +  6.83 -12.91 +  1.01 +  3.83 +  3.83 -  4.99
Germany55.1440.18 France
Denmark
Luxembourg
Austria
Netherlands
Belgium
+  5.20 +  5.32 -10.85 -  4.10 +  8.89 +  2.06 +  3.18 +  3.03 -  6.00 -  1.23 +  3.18 +  1.01
Denmark60.4643.21 Germany-  5.32-  3.03
Greece42.1432.37
Spain44.7235.31 Portugal
France
+  7.26 +15.62 -  0.21 +  7.69
Finland64.0343.14 Sweden-  3.34+  3.65
France60.3443.00 Belgium
Germany
Spain
Italy
Luxembourg
-  3.14 -  5.20 -15.62 +  1.14 -16.05 -  3.83 -  3.18 -  7.69 +  5.11 -  8.82
United Kingdom69.7972.80 Republic of Ireland-21.63 -27.60
Ireland48.1645.20 United Kingdom+21.63 +27.60
Italy61.4848.11 France
Austria
-  1.14 -10.44 -  5.11 -  9.16
Luxembourg44.2934.18 Belgium
France
Germany
+12.91 +16.05 +10.85 +  4.99 +  8.82 +  6.00
Netherlands64.0343.00 Belgium
Germany
-  6.83 -  8.89 -  3.83 -  3.18
Portugal51.9835.52 Spain-  7.26+  0.21
Sweden60.6946.79 Finland+  3.34-  3.65



thousand tonnes

19941995 19961997 1998

Petrol555523 508466417
Diesel377350 374338274



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