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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 11:00 am, 23rd February 2010

My hon. Friend makes a powerful argument. Does he agree that the change in VAT was unhelpful, given the length of time for which it lasted, and the time at which it returned to 17.5 per cent? The rate went back up at midnight on 31 December-a busy time of the year for publicans across the country.