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Small Breweries Relief

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the criteria governing the eligibility of breweries for Small Breweries’ Relief to encompass independent breweries producing between 60,000 and 100,000 hectolitres of beer per annum. (76691)

Since SBR was introduced in June 2002 more than 100 new breweries have opened, creating over 1,000 new jobs and injecting energy and innovation into a traditional industry.

The Government are committed to ensuring that SBR is targeted to benefit those who need it most. Although all reliefs are kept under review, the Government believe that SBR is currently striking the right balance, and meeting its objectives.