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Beer Duty

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many micro-breweries have started up since the introduction of graduated beer duty.[HL7219]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What has been the effect on revenues of the introduction of graduated beer duty.[HL7220]

Small breweries relief was introduced in 2002 to help small breweries to compete with larger breweries in order to maintain diversity in the beer industry and to boost local economies. HMRC latest estimates suggest that the cost of this relief was around £20 million in 2005-06. The Society of Independent Brewers estimates that around 130 new small breweries have been established since its introduction.