To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
(2) what assessment he has made of the effect that removing the alcohol duty escalator would have on levels of alcohol fraud in 2014; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that would be created as a result of the alcohol duty escalator in 2014; and if he will make a statement.
The Government has taken recent action that will help the alcohol industry. A major business rates package was announced at autumn statement 2013 that will help ease the tax burden on business. The Government will also abolish employer national insurance contributions for under-21s earning below £813 per week from April 2015.