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Gov't has plans to support pub trade, says David Cameron

By Gurjit Degun , 30-Jan-2013
Last updated the 30-Jan-2013 at 14:56 GMT

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The Government has plans to support the pub trade, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament today.

Beer duty escalator: Andrew Griffiths has asked the PM to scrap it  Image: Molson Coors

Beer duty escalator: Andrew Griffiths has asked the PM to scrap it Image: Molson Coors

He was speaking during Prime Ministers Questions, after Andrew Griffiths, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group asked him to scrap the beer duty escalator.

“Like the Prime Minister, I want to see a fresh settlement in Europe,” asked Griffiths. “British drinkers pay 19 times more duty than Spanish drinkers, and 10 times more duty than Italian drinkers. Will he take the Chancellor for a pint to tell him to scrap the beer duty escalator and do something for British pubs and publicans?”

Cameron replied: “My right honorable friend quite rightly speaks up for Burton and I remember visiting that brewery before the last election and I’m sure the Chancellor would have listened very carefully to what he said.

“I think it’s very important that we also try to support the pub trade in our country and the Government has plans for that.”

Last year, the Campaign for Real Ale held a rally which saw more than 1,000 people lobby their MP about the escalator. It came after MPs voted unanimously in favour of a review of the escalator.

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