Following the announcement made in the Queen’s Speech in December that alcohol duty will be reviewed, I am confident that that the Government will continue to support pubs and will keep costs low for consumers. After all, in 2013, the Government took the decision to end the beer duty escalator. Beer duty has been frozen or cut several times since then. Duty on spirits has been frozen over the past two years. I truly believe that a typical pint is cheaper than it would have been had these measures not been taken.
I have ensured my colleagues are aware of the points raised and I have reminded them of the importance of local pubs in our communities.