Beer Taxation and Pubs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:39 pm on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Conservative, Dudley South 1:39 pm, 28th March 2019

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered beer taxation and pubs.

I am delighted to have secured this important debate, alongside Ruth Smeeth and my hon. Friend Mr Evans, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating us this time.

In the short time that I have available, I hope to set out a compelling case as to why the Minister should recommend to the Chancellor that he cut beer duty in future Budgets, reform business rates and continue to look at new ways of reducing the disproportionate tax burden on pubs and breweries. Representing a Black Country constituency as I do, and as chair of the all-party parliamentary beer group—the largest Back-Bench all-party group in this House—I know what an important issue this is for many of our constituents. My own Dudley South constituency is home to three very distinct and individual brewers: Bathams, dating back to the 1860s; Black Country Ales, which is a much more recent and fast-growing brewery; and Ma Pardoes, one of the original Campaign for Real Ale breweries.