British Pubs

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:31 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 11:31 am, 23rd February 2010

My hon. Friend is speaking from the heart, and we agree with her. I am a lifelong supporter of CAMRA and the Brewers Association. Will my hon. Friend make the point that a pub in the community is a place that encourages responsible drinking, because of the role of the landlord, who is concerned about his or her reputation and the pub's reputation? Surely the Government would want to encourage that, and rather than imposing regulation, costs and tax on beer they should encourage pubs, where people can learn to drink responsibly the traditional beer we all love.