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Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will freeze duty on beer; and if he will make a statement; (188940)

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

(3) what recent assessment he has made of the contribution made to the economy by the brewing and public house industry.

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.