Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 13th June 2019.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Government has of the effect of the alcohol duty freeze on (a) public health and (b) alcohol-related deaths.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

HM Treasury keeps all taxes, including alcohol duties, under review.

The Government has assessed that the increase in alcohol duty rates in line with inflation at the last budget is likely to lead to a minor decrease in overall alcohol consumption in the UK.

Further information on the impact of the alcohol duty changes can be found on the associated Tax Information and Impact Note, published in October 2018: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/increase-in-alcohol-duty-rates/alcohol-duty-uprating

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