Last updated at 7.02pm: The outgoing Financial Secretary, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, unveiled tax increases on cigarettes, beer some spirits, driving licences and air departures on Wednesday in a ''deliberately conservative'' last Budget address. Left untouched, despite speculation, were duties on wine and gambling as well as profits and salary tax. Mr Tsang, who called his budget ''deliberately conservative'', said he had kept raises to a minimum to avoid putting too much of a strain on the community, still recovering from recession. The bow-tied and bespectacled finance officer also floated the possibility of legal football gambling in his prepared text. He announced: Tobacco duty up by five per cent; Liquor and beer duty up from 30 per cent to 40 per cent; No change on strong spirits (over 30 per cent proof) or wine; Driving and vehicle licence fees up 10 per cent each; Parking meter fees up 50 per cent to $3 per 15 minutes; and Air passenger departure tax up 60 per cent to $80, will include helicopter passengers. Mr Tsang, in his sixth and last Budget speech before he becomes head of the civil service and the Government's number two, said some of the increased levies followed several years of no change. Parking meter charges and duty on alcoholic spirits had not been raised since 1994, he said. A higher cigarette tax ''should not lead to a rise in the smuggling and peddling of contraband cigarettes'' he predicted, as the Customs and Excise Department has strengthened its enforcement work. An increase in airport departure tax was also unlikely to deter tourists, said the SAR's first Chinese Financial Secretary. Mr Tsang decided to cut stamp duty on stock transactions for the second year in a row. On the back of last year's 10 per cent cut, the rate will go down a further 11 per cent from 0.225 per cent to 0.2 per cent per round transaction. ''The proposed stamp duty reduction is much more than a cost saving for investors,'' Mr Tsang said. ''It is a positive move to promote the development of our financial market and will, over time, bring about additional revenues.'' As part of a drive to strengthen the SAR's skills base, Mr Tsang announced an increase in the salaries tax allowance for self-education from $30,000 to $40,000. However, Mr Tsang left many other areas unchanged. They included: Salaries tax; Profits tax; Land and sea departure tax; and Betting duty. Mr Tsang said that though he had been ''very tempted'' to increase betting duty, he realised that a rise might only send people into the arms of illegal and Internet betting operations. In addition, punters have become more interested in betting on soccer matches - something that the SAR could legalise, he concluded. ''We must face up to reality. There has been increasing interest in, and demand for, soccer betting within the community. This has become so popular that it is unlikely to be curbed. ''We cannot arrest all the Hong Kong residents placing illegal bets on soccer matches nor can we stifle overseas bookmaking. ''Rather than aiming to achieve the impossible, we should examine the case for providing a legal avenue for soccer betting,'' he said. Speaking about the Budget in general, Mr Tsang said that despite his lack of concessions, people had already benefited from the 7.5 per cent fall in prices over the last two years, which had effectively raised salary tax allowances.