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Alcoholic Drinks: Taxation

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer reviewing existing alcohol control policies to include the introduction of increased taxation on alcohol products and the implementation of policies limiting the availability of alcohol; and if he will make a statement. (150274)

Taxation, including alcohol excise duty, is a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with decisions on the appropriate levels of tax being taken each year at the time of the Budget.

As described in “Safe. Sensible. Social. The next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy”, significant progress has been made in delivering actions under the 2004 strategy. The Government’s renewed strategy sets out a co-ordinated approach to change our drinking culture, which recognises the responsibilities of industry as well as Government and other partners.