Post-duty point dilution of wine or made-wine

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary 10:30 am, 16th June 2020

The Government are monitoring the emerging evidence from the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland and, recently, Wales, and we have addressed public health concerns in the duty system. For example, in February 2019, duty rates on white ciders were increased to tackle consumption. We must remember that the UK operates a single excise regime, so it is not possible to devolve duty rates. It is worth noting that many of the problems that have been raised are actually caused by EU rules, according to officials. I can write to the hon. Gentleman and other Members who want further clarification on that point.