Beer: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing duty on beer.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

This government remains clear in its support for consumers, pubs and breweries, and we have taken action to this end – meaning that the price of a pint of beer is 12p is lower than it otherwise would have been since 2013/14.

However, we cannot ignore the cost to the Exchequer of successive freezes – equal to over £4 billion since 2013/14. Any assessment of the merits of further freezes or cuts needs to consider the resulting reduction in funds available for vital public services.

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