Beer Taxation and Pubs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:22 pm on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Conservative, Dudley South 3:22 pm, 28th March 2019

I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions today. We have had well over 20 contributions from Members representing six out of the seven parties in the House and all four nations of our United Kingdom. The contributions from the Minister, the shadow Minister and the SNP spokesperson, Kirsty Blackman, showed the breadth of agreement and support for British beer and pubs and the need for us to support them where we can.

If people watching this debate take away just one message, I want it to be that British beer and pubs are a force for good in so many ways. As the hon. Members for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes), for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) and for Aberdeen North said, they are good for jobs and local economies. As my hon. Friends the Members for Cheadle (Mary Robinson) and for St Albans (Mrs Main) pointed out, they are good for communities and for families. My hon. Friend Mr Evans said that pubs are good for charities and for community sport, Mr Bailey said that they are good for promoting local investment, and Jamie Stone said that they are good for attracting tourism.

There are other non-economic benefits, too. As the hon. Members for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Hugh Gaffney) pointed out, they are essential for tackling loneliness and strengthening the social fabric. Jim Shannon referred to the vital role that good community and high street pubs play in offering a safe place for responsible drinking. Pubs are a force for good in so many ways. Think just how much more good they could do if we can get the tax burden under control, give our beer and pubs a fair deal, and support these key industries and the role that they play in our communities.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered beer taxation and pubs.