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Grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance.

Most Gracious Sovereign,

WE, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom in Parliament assembled, towards raising the necessary supplies to defray Your Majesty's public expenses, and making an addition to the public revenue, have freely and voluntarily resolved to give and grant unto Your Majesty the several duties hereinafter mentioned; and do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
 

  PART I
  EXCISE DUTIES
 
Hydrocarbon oil duties
Rates of duty on hydrocarbon oil.     1. - (1) In section 6(1A) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (rates of duty on hydrocarbon oil)-
 
 
    (a) in paragraph (a) (ultra-low sulphur petrol), for "£0.4782" substitute "£0.4582"; and
 
    (b) in paragraph (c) (ultra-low sulphur diesel), for "£0.4882" substitute "£0.4582".
      (2) That subsection shall have effect until midnight on 14th June 2001 as if for paragraph (b) (other light oil) there were substituted-
 
 
    "(ba) £0.5268 in the case of unleaded petrol other than ultra low sulphur petrol;
 
    (bb) £0.5468 in the case of light oil not within paragraph (a) or (ba) above;".
  After that, paragraph (b) shall have effect as it did before.
 
      (3) In section 8(3) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (rate of duty on road fuel gas) for "£0.1500" substitute "£0.0900".
 
      (4) This section shall be deemed to have come into force at 6 o'clock in the evening of 7th March 2001.
 
Rebate on unleaded petrol.     2. - (1) For section 13A of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (under which different rates of rebate are specified for higher octane and other unleaded petrol) substitute-
 
 
"Rebate on unleaded petrol.     13A. - (1) On unleaded petrol, other than ultra low sulphur petrol, charged with the excise duty on hydrocarbon oil and delivered for home use there shall be allowed at the time of delivery a rebate of duty at the rate of £0.0586 a litre.
 
    (2) Rebate is not allowed under this section in a case where a rebate is allowed under section 14 below.".
 
      (2) In paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 2A to that Act (converting unleaded petrol into leaded petrol)-
 
 
    (a) for paragraphs (a) and (b) substitute-
 
    "(ab) adding lead to unleaded petrol in respect of which a rebate has been allowed under section 13A;"; and
 
    (b) in paragraph (c)-
 
      (i) for "paragraph (a)" substitute "paragraph (aa)", and
 
      (ii) for "paragraph (b)" substitute "paragraph (ab)".
      (3) For paragraph 2A of that Schedule (mixing different kinds of unleaded petrol) substitute-
 
 
"2A. - (1) A mixture which is unleaded petrol is produced in contravention of this paragraph if the mixture is produced by mixing-
 
 
    (a) petrol on which duty has been paid at the rate specified in section 6(1A)(a), and
 
    (b) petrol in respect of which a rebate has been allowed under section 13A,
       and the mixture produced is unleaded petrol that is not ultra low sulphur petrol.
 
      (2) This paragraph is subject to any direction given under paragraph 3.".
 
      (4) In paragraph 8 of that Schedule (rate of duty on mixtures of light oil), for sub-paragraph (3A) substitute-
 
 
    "(3A) In the case of a mixture produced in contravention of paragraph 2A above, the rate is that produced by deducting from the rate in force under section 6(1A)(b) at the time the mixture is produced the rebate which at that time is in force under section 13A.".
 
      (5) This section shall be deemed to have come into force at 6 o'clock in the evening of 7th March 2001.
 
Fuel-testing pilot projects.     3. - (1) In the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979, after section 20AA insert-
 
 
"Power to allow reliefs for fuel testing etc.     20AB. - (1) The Commissioners may by regulations make provision allowing reliefs as regards excise duty charged in respect of experimental fuel where-
 
    (a) the fuel is, or is to be, used for the purposes of a fuel-testing project that is approved by the Commissioners,
 
    (b) the project is approved for the purposes of the development of the fuel (see subsection (8)(a) below), and
 
    (c) the use takes place, or is to take place, during the period that, for the purposes of the project, is the relief period for the fuel (see subsection (8)(b) below).
      (2) In this section "experimental fuel" means a substance of a description specified in regulations made by the Commissioners.
 
      (3) For each experimental fuel, the Commissioners shall by regulations make provision specifying-
 
 
    (a) the beginning and end of the period that is the experimental period for that fuel; and
 
    (b) the form that (subject to any directions under subsection (9)(a) below) is to be taken by relief under this section as regards excise duty chargeable on that fuel.
      (4) A form of relief specified under subsection (3)(b) above must be an authorised form; and for the purposes of this section "an authorised form" is-
 
 
    (a) a repayment, or
 
    (b) a rebate (or extra rebate).
      (5) Relief under this section shall be allowed-
 
 
    (a) to the extent specified in, or determined in accordance with, regulations under subsection (1) above, and
 
    (b) subject to-
 
      (i) such conditions as the Commissioners may impose, and
 
      (ii) any directions under subsection (9)(b) below.
      (6) The conditions that may be imposed under subsection (5)(b)(i) above include, in particular, conditions in connection with-
 
 
    (a) the collection, keeping, compilation or analysis, or
 
    (b) the supply to the Commissioners or other persons,
       of data, or information, relating to the production, use or performance of an experimental fuel.
 
      (7) Subsections (8) and (9) below apply where the Commissioners have approved a fuel-testing project.
 
      (8) The Commissioners shall give directions specifying-
 
 
    (a) each experimental fuel for the purposes of whose development the project is approved;
 
    (b) for each fuel specified under paragraph (a) above, the beginning and end of the period that, for the purposes of the project, is (in accordance with subsection (10) below) the relief period for the fuel; and
 
    (c) any conditions imposed under subsection (5)(b)(i) above that apply to the allowance under this section of relief as regards excise duty chargeable in respect of an experimental fuel used, or to be used, for the purposes of the project.
      (9) The Commissioners may give directions-
 
 
    (a) providing for relief as regards excise duty chargeable in respect of an experimental fuel used, or to be used, for the purposes of the project to take an authorised form different to the form specified under subsection (3)(b) above;
 
    (b) as to administration in connection with allowing reliefs under this section as regards excise duty chargeable in respect of an experimental fuel used, or to be used, for the purposes of the project.
      (10) For the purposes of subsection (8)(b) above-
 
 
    (a) the beginning of the relief period for a fuel may not be earlier than the beginning of the experimental period for that fuel; and
 
    (b) the end of the relief period for a fuel may not be later than the end of the experimental period for that fuel.
      (11) In this section-
 
 
    "excise duty" means-
 
      (a) excise duty chargeable by virtue of this Act, or
 
      (b) any addition to such duty by virtue of section 1 of the Excise Duties (Surcharges or Rebates) Act 1979;
 
    "fuel-testing project" means a pilot project connected with the technological development of environment-friendly fuels.
      (12) Regulations under this section may make different provision for different cases.".
 
      (2) In section 24(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (regulations for the purposes of provisions providing for rebates etc.), after "section 19A" insert ", section 20AB".
 
      (3) In section 27(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (interpretation), in the definition of "rebate", for "or 14" substitute ", 14 or 20AB".
 
      (4) In section 12B(1)(h) of the Finance Act 1994 (excise duty reliefs that may be recovered under section 12A when wrongly given), after "allowed to a person by virtue of section 20AA" insert "or 20AB".
 
 
Tobacco products duty
Rates of tobacco products duty.     4. - (1) For the Table of rates of duty in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 substitute-
 
 
 
"TABLE
 
1.     Cigarettes
 
An amount equal to 22 per cent. of the retail price plus £92.25 per thousand cigarettes.
 
2.     Cigars
 
£134.69 per kilogram.
 
3.     Hand-rolling tobacco
 
£96.81 per kilogram.
 
4.     Other smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco
 
£59.21 per kilogram."
      (2) This section shall be deemed to have come into force at 6 o'clock in the evening of 7th March 2001.
 
 
Alcoholic liquor duties
Dilution etc. of cider.     5. In section 62(5) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (regulations providing for the management of the duty on cider), after paragraph (d) insert-
 
 
    "(e) regulating and, in such circumstances as may be prescribed in the regulations, prohibiting the addition of substances to, the mixing of, or the carrying out of other operations on or in relation to, cider.".
 
Betting and gaming duties
General betting duty.     6. - (1) Schedule 1 to this Act (which makes provision about general betting duty) has effect.
 
      (2) This section shall come into force in accordance with such provision as the Commissioners of Customs and Excise may make by order made by statutory instrument.
 
 
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