§ Mr. Cordle
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what amount duty receipts on wine exceeded or fell short of the Budget estimate for the year ended 31st March 1976; and why the annual report for the Customs and Excise for that year failed to state the difference between the Budget estimate and the actual amount received.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
In the financial year 1975–76 receipts of wine duties exceeded the estimate by £16.7 million. The report of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise for the year ended 31st March 1976 remarked upon the 72 per cent. increase in revenues from imported wine. The Budget estimate for 1975–76 was given in the previous year's report.