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Beer: Measurement

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that full measures of beer are served in pubs. (267749)

Weights and Measures law already applies to beer and it is an offence to serve short measure.

We have considered whether there is a need to strengthen the law in this area to allow for the specific characteristics of beer and have carried out three public consultations on this issue. However, there was no consensus among stakeholders on whether action was necessary or if so what action should be taken.

Currently the law provides that a pint of beer can include a frothy head. Given that industry guidelines provide that consumers can ask for and receive a top up, we are satisfied that drinkers are sufficiently protected. Therefore, on balance, given the scale of the issue and the costs involved, we believe there is no need for further regulation at present.