Beer: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 19th October 2018.

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Photo of Julie Cooper Julie Cooper Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care) (Community Health)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review of the Small Brewer Relief scheme to remove barriers to growth for small and medium sized brewers.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The government is aware of the challenges that Small Brewers Relief currently poses to growing brewers and we have engaged extensively with the industry in this regard.

We are ready to assist but industry must take the lead in agreeing reforms it thinks would be effective in encouraging growth and avoiding market distortion, whilst limiting costs to the public finances.

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