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Progressive Beer Duty

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the market effects of the progressive beer duty on stimulating and encouraging growth for the brewery businesses of cask-conditioned beer; (109111)

(2) what response he has made to the representation made to him by a number of breweries enclosed in the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Witney dated 20 February on the impact of the progressive beer duty on their business.

I have replied to the right hon. Member's letter. Figures from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) show that around 130 new breweries have opened since the introduction of small breweries relief, bringing with them over 1,000 new jobs, many in economically deprived rural communities.

A public consultation on the performance of the scheme was launched in July 2003, and led to the extension of relief to breweries producing between 30,000 and 60,000 per annum. The small breweries relief scheme, like all reliefs, is kept under constant review.