Beer: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 10th February 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing beer duty to taxation levels in other European countries.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

The tax cuts at Budget 2013, 2014 and 2015 – followed by further duty freezes in 2016, 2017 and 2018 – mean that the average tax charged on a typical pint of beer is estimated to be 16p lower this year than it otherwise would have been since ending the beer duty escalator in 2013. All taxes are kept under review, including consideration of international comparisons, and any major announcements are made at fiscal events.

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