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Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community pubs have been visited in an official capacity by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Keighley, since he took up that post.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Since taking on the role of Minister for Community Pubs in July 2014, I have visited a number of community pubs in an official capacity, including the Star Inn pub in Salford, the Golden Ball pub in York and the Fox and Goose pub in Hebden Bridge. I look forward to visiting further pubs run by and for the local community in coming months.

Local pubs are part of the social and cultural fabric of our nation, and this Government is determined to protect them. We have already abolished the unpopular beer and alcohol duty escalators, cut business taxes for pubs and provided communities with greater powers to protect their treasured local from closure by listing it as a community asset.

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