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Brewing Industry (Beer Prices)

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has received the report on costs, prices and profits in the brewing industry; what action he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.


asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his recent official talks with the brewing groups on the question of the stabilisation of beer prices.

As my right hon. Friend stated in his reply to the hon. Member for Twickenham on 5th May, he has already reached agreement with the Brewers' Society about a check to increases in beer prices, following the recommendation of the Prices and Incomes Board.The Brewers' Society has agreed that there should be a standstill until 1st January, 1967, on the prices of all major brands which have been increased in price since 1st January, 1964. Where no such increase has been made and can now be justified to my Department, it has been agreed that the price in the public bar for draught and bottled beers should not go up by more than 1d. per pint.