Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Further Memorandum submitted by HM Customs and Excise

  The Committee may like to see the attached figures, which update our memorandum of 22 December in two respects. First, to reflect the duty changes announced on 9 March; and, secondly, to record the results of our activity up to end-February (updating paragraphs 17 and 18 of the memorandum).



  Duty rates on petrol and diesel are set out in the Hydrocarbon Oils Duties Act 1979. Current rates of duty are:

    Leaded petrol:

52.88 pence per litre

    Unleaded petrol:

47.21 pence per litre


50.21 pence per litre

    Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel:

47.21 pence per litre

  Retail prices in Northern Ireland for petrol and diesel vary as they do in other parts of the UK but an average current price for each grade of fuel including 17.5 per cent VAT from 9 March 1999 would be:

    Unleaded petrol:

68.25 pence per litre


71.65 pence per litre

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