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Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979

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[6AF1Fuel substitutes.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A duty of excise shall be charged on the setting aside for a chargeable use by any person, or (where it has not already been charged under this section) on the chargeable use by any person, of any liquid which is not hydrocarbon oil [F2, biodiesel or bioblend]].

(2)In this section “chargeable use” in relation to any substance means the use of that substance—

(a)as fuel for any engine, motor or other machinery; or

(b)as an additive or extender in—

(i)any substance on which duty is charged by virtue of paragraph (a) above; or

(ii)any hydrocarbon oil which is or is to be used as mentioned in that paragraph.

[F3(2A)But the use of water is not a chargeable use if—

(a)the water is comprised in an emulsion of water in gas oil, and

(b)the emulsion is stabilised by additives.]

(3)The rate of the duty under this section shall be prescribed by order made by the Treasury.

(4)In the following provisions of this Act references to hydrocarbon oil shall be construed as including references to any substance on which duty is charged under this section; and, accordingly, references to duty on hydrocarbon oil shall be construed, where a substance is to be treated as such oil, as including references to duty under this section.

(5)The Treasury may by order provide for any substance on which duty is charged under this section to be treated for the purposes of such of the following provisions of this Act as may be specified in the order as if it fell within [F4such description of hydrocarbon oil as may be so specified].

(6)In exercising their powers under this section, the Treasury shall so far as practicable secure—

(a)that a substance set aside for use or used as mentioned in subsection (2)(a) above is—

(i)charged with duty at the same rate as, and

(ii)otherwise treated for the purposes of the following provisions of this Act as if it were,

[F5hydrocarbon oil of the description] to which, when put to that use, it is most closely equivalent; and

(b)that a substance set aside for use or used as an additive or extender in any substance is—

(i)charged with duty at the same rate as, and

(ii)otherwise treated for the purposes of the following provisions of this Act as if it were,

the substance in which it is an additive or extender.

(7)For the purposes of this section “liquid” does not include any substance which is gaseous at a temperature of 15°C and under a pressure of 1013.25 millibars.

(8)The power of the Treasury to make an order under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the House of Commons.

(9)An order under this section—

(a)may make different provision for different cases and for different substances;

(b)may prescribe the rate of duty under this section in respect of any substance by reference to the rate of duty under this Act in respect of any other substance; and

(c)in making different provision for different substances, may define a substance by reference to the use for which it is set aside or the use to which it is put.

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F1S. 6A inserted (1.12.1995) by 1993 c. 34, s. 11(1); S.I. 1995/2715, art. 2

F2Words in s. 6A(1) inserted (24.7.2002 with effect as mentioned in s. 5(6)(7) of the amending Act) by 2002 c. 23, s. 5, Sch. 2 para. 2

F3S. 6A(2A) inserted (28.7.2000 with effect in relation to duty charged on or after 28.7.2000) by 2000 c. 17, s. 11(1)(2)

F4Words in s. 6A(5) substituted for s. 6A(5)(a)-(d) and the preceding words (24.7.2002) by 2002 c. 23, s. 7(1)(a)

F5Words in s. 6A(6)(a) substituted (24.7.2002) by 2002 c. 23, s. 7(1)(b)

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