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Small Breweries Relief Scheme

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will calculate the average number of employees of those businesses in receipt of the full 50 per cent. relief under the small breweries relief scheme. (112934)

While the Government gather data on the performance of the brewing industry, including the performance of small breweries, employment data are not routinely collected. However, figures from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) show that around 130 new breweries have opened since the introduction of small breweries relief, and that these have brought with them over 1,000 new jobs, many in economically deprived rural communities.