Finance Act 1981

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1981 c. 35


Finance Act 1981

1981 CHAPTER 35

An Act to 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.

[27th July 1981]

Most Gracious Sovereign,

W E, 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:—

I Customs and Excise

Part I

Customs and Excise

S-1 Spirits, beer, wine, made-wine and cider.

1 Spirits, beer, wine, made-wine and cider.

(1) In the Table in section 5 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (excise duty on spirits) for ‘11.87’ and ‘11.90’ there shall be substituted ‘13.60’ and ‘13.63’ respectively.

(2) In section 36 of that Act (excise duty on beer) for ‘13.05’ and ‘0.435’ there shall be substituted ‘18.00’ and ‘0.60’ respectively.

(3) For the provisions of Schedule 1 to that Act (rates of excise duty on wine) there shall be substituted the provisions of Schedule 1 to this Act.

(4) For the provisions of Schedule 2 to that Act (rates of excise duty on made-wine) there shall be substituted the provisions of Schedule 2 to this Act.

(5) In section 62(1) of that Act (excise duty on cider) for ‘6.05’ there shall be substituted ‘7.20’.

(6) This section shall be deemed to have come into force on 11th March 1981.

S-2 Tobacco Products.

2 Tobacco Products.

(1) For the Table in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products, Duty Act 1979 there shall be substituted—

‘TABLE

1. Cigarettes

An amount equal to 21 per cent. of the retail price plus 19.03 per thousand cigarettes.

2. Cigars 35.91 per kilogram.
3. Hand-rolling tobacco 30.96 per kilogram.

4. Other smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco

22.96 per kilogram.’

(2) Section 3 of that Act (additional duty on higher tar cigarettes) shall cease to have effect.

(3) This section shall be deemed to have come into force on 14th March 1981 but as respects the period beginning with that date and ending with 7th July 1981 the Table set out in subsection (1) above shall have effect with the substitution for ‘19.03’, ‘35.91’, ‘30.96’ and ‘22.96’ of ‘18.04’, ‘34.29’, ‘29.56’ and ‘21.92’ respectively.

S-3 Matches and mechanical lighters.

3 Matches and mechanical lighters.

(1) In section 1(1) of the Matches and Mechanical Lighters Duties Act 1979 (duty on matches at the rate of 0.49 for every 7,200 matches) for ‘0.49’ there shall be substituted ‘1.15’.

(2) In section 6(1) of that Act (duty on mechanical lighters at the rate of 0.20 for each lighter) for ‘0.20’ there shall be substituted ‘0.50’.

(3) In section 6(3) of that Act (exemption for lighters constructed solely for the purpose of igniting gas for domestic use) after the word ‘domestic’ there shall be inserted the words ‘or industrial’.

(4) This section shall be deemed to have come into force on 11th March 1981.

S-4 Increase of duty on hydrocarbon oil etc.

4 Increase of duty on hydrocarbon oil etc.

(1) In section 6(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 for the words ‘a duty of excise at the rate of 0.10 a litre’ there shall be substituted the words ‘a duty of excise at the rate of 0.1382 a litre in the case of light oil and 0.1191 a litre in the case of heavy oil’.

(2) In consequence of subsection (1) above—

(a ) in sections 7 and 8(3) and (4)(c ) of the said Act of 1979 and Article 3 of the Excise Duties (Gas as Road Fuel) Order 1972 (under which duty is charged by reference to the duty on hydrocarbon oil); and

(b ) in section 92(2) of the Finance Act 1965 and section 14(2) of the Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 (grants towards duty on bus fuel),

for the words ‘hydrocarbon oil’ there shall be substituted the words ‘light oil’.

(3) This section shall be deemed to have come into force at 6 o'clock in the evening on 10th March 1981 but as respects the period beginning at that time and ending at 6 o'clock in the evening on 2nd July 1981 the rate of the duty of excise charged by section 6(1) of the said Act of 1979 shall, notwithstanding subsection (1) above, be 0.1382 a litre in the case of heavy oil as well as light oil and the provisions mentioned in subsection (2) above shall have effect accordingly.

S-5 Energy for refineries etc.

5 Energy for refineries etc.

(1) The Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 shall have effect with the following amendments, being amendments providing for relief from duty where energy is produced for use in refineries and other premises used for the production of hydrocarbon oil.

(2) After section 19 there shall be inserted—

S-19A

19A ‘Fuel for producing energy for refineries etc.

(1) If on an application made for the purposes of this section by an approved person it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commissioners—

(a ) that any quantity of rebated hydrocarbon oil has been used by him, otherwise than at a refinery or other premises used for the production of hydrocarbon oil, as fuel for producing energy; and

(b ) that not less than one-sixth or more than one-third of that energy was used in the treatment of hydrocarbon oil at a refinery or in the production of hydrocarbon oil at other premises used for the production of such oil,

the applicant shall be entitled to obtain from the Commissioners repayment of one-third of the amount of excise duty which has been paid in respect of the quantity so used less the rebate allowed in respect of the duty.

(2) In this section ‘an approved person’ means a person for the time being approved in accordance with regulations made for the purposes of this section under section 24(1) below.’

(3) In section 27(1) for the definition of ‘refinery’ there shall be substituted—

‘'refinery' means any premises which—

(a ) are approved by the Commissioners for the treatment of hydrocarbon oil; or

(b ) are approved by them for the production of energy for use in the treatment of hydrocarbon oil at premises approved under paragraph (a ) above or in the production of hydrocarbon oil at other premises used for the production of such oil;

and the Commissioners may approve any premises under paragraph (b ) above if it appears to them that more than one-third of the energy will be produced for such use as is mentioned in that paragraph;’.

(4) After section 27(1) there shall be inserted—

(1A) If in the case of any premises which the Commissioners can approve under paragraph (b ) of the definition of ‘refinery’ in subsection (1) above it appears to them appropriate to do so, they may direct that the provisions of this Act (other than that definition) shall apply to them as if, instead of being a refinery, they were other premises used for the production of hydrocarbon oil.’

(5) Subsection (2) above has effect in relation to oil used on or after 1st September 1981.

S-6 Repayment of hydrocarbon oil duty.

6 Repayment of hydrocarbon oil duty.

(1) The Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979, 19 and 19A of that Act.

(2) In section 24(1) for the words ‘or section 14(1) above’ there shall be substituted the words ‘, section 14(1), section 17, section 18(1), section 19 or section 19A above’.

(3) For paragraph 3 of Schedule 4 there shall be substituted—

(3)‘3. Requiring claims or applications for repayment under section 9(4), 17, 18(1), 19 or 19A of this Act to be made at such times and in respect of such periods as are prescribed; providing that no such claim or application shall lie where the amount to be paid is less than the prescribed minimum; and preventing, where a claim or application can be made under section 9(4) or 19, the payment of drawback.’

(4) It is hereby declared for the avoidance of doubt that references in sections 17(1), 18(1) and 19(3) of the said Act of 1979 to duty paid in respect of the oil used as mentioned in those provisions are to the duty less any rebate allowed in respect of it and accordingly those provisions shall have effect, and be deemed always to have had effect, with the insertion after the words ‘so used’ of the words ‘less any rebate allowed in respect of the duty’.

S-7 Vehicles excise duty: Great Britain.

7 Vehicles excise duty: Great Britain.

(1) The Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 shall be amended as follows.

(2) For the provisions of Part II of Schedules 1 to 5 (annual rates of duty) there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Schedule 3 to this Act.

(3) In subsection (5) of section 16 (rates of duty for trade licences), including that subsection as set out in paragraph 12 of Part I of Schedule 7, for ‘30’ and ‘6’ there shall be substituted respectively ‘35’ and ‘7’.

(4) In the heading of Schedule 1 and paragraph 1 of Part I of that Schedule (annual rates of duty on certain vehicles not exceeding 814 cwt.) for ‘814 CWT.’ and ‘814 hundredweight’ there shall be substituted respectively ‘425 KG.’ and ‘425 kilograms’.

(5) This section has effect in relation to licences taken out after 10th March 1981.

S-8 Vehicles excise duty:...

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