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Excise Duties: Beer

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will freeze beer duty; and if he will make a statement; (127171)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of beer duty on profitability in the brewing industry;

(3) if he will introduce measures to assist investment and growth in the UK brewing industry; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what assessment he has made of the contribution made to the UK economy of the brewing and pub sector.

Decisions on the taxation of beer are made by the Chancellor at Budget taking all relevant factors into consideration, including the state of the industry and its contribution to the economy.