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

I completely agree. I hope I have given enough answers to address the point raised by the amendment. We have already carried out an assessment on public health grounds, but this is tax legislation. I therefore ask that amendment 10 be withdrawn.

Clause 79 introduces a new sanction to prevent a practice that is currently available only in the wine and made-wine sectors and is used by only a small number of producers. Prevention of the practice by the use of prohibitive sanctions will address inequity of treatment across the alcohol industry and will create a level playing field so that alcohol products can compete more fairly in the marketplace. I therefore commend the clause to the Committee.