Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered at on 13 November 2023.

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Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department gathers on the potential impact of alcohol duty increases on SME (a) winemakers and (b) spirits producers.

Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of the alcohol duty increases announced in August 2023 on inflation.

Photo of Gareth Davies Gareth Davies The Exchequer Secretary

The Government publishes tax information and impact notes (TIINs) for tax policy changes when the policy is final or near final. The summary of impacts from the latest changes to alcohol duty at Spring Budget 2023 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-alcohol-duty-rates/alcohol-duty-rate-changes and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reform-of-the-alcohol-duty-system/reform-of-alcohol-duty-rates-and-reliefs

The Government has undertaken the biggest reform of alcohol duties for over 140 years and has introduced a new, simplified alcohol duty system based on the common-sense principle of taxing alcohol by strength. The Government is closely monitoring the impact of the reforms and will evaluate the impact of the new rates and structures three years after the changes took effect on 1 August 2023. This will allow time to understand the impacts on the alcohol market, and for HMRC to gather useful and accurate data with which to evaluate the effects of the reform.

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