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Tax (Alcohol)

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

This petition, with 1,628 signatures from customers of pubs such as the Clipper, the Maritime, the Fresher, the Varsity and the Swallow, and others including Wyndham square in my constituency, backs a great British tradition: the British pub and specifically the drinking of beer, both of which are under pressure from a variety of sources, including the decision in last year’s Budget that, in order to ensure that prices keep pace with rising incomes, alcohol duty will increase by 2 per cent. above the rate of inflation in future years. Incomes are no longer increasing, however.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Plymouth,

Declares that the tax on beer sold in pubs should not be increased annually.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons asks the Chancellor to remove the beer escalator on beer sold in pubs in his forthcoming Budget.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.