Punch: we would pass on duty cuts to hosts

By John Harrington

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Punch Taverns
Punch Taverns
Punch answers the "unnecessary" request from controversial MP Greg Mulholland to ensure any alcohol duty reductions are passed on to tenants.

Punch Taverns has committed to pass on any alcohol duty cuts to its licensees.

The company was responding to calls from controversial Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland, who wrote to Punch, Enterprise and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) asking them to ensure any duty cuts are passed onto tenants.

A spokeswoman for Punch said: "Greg Mulholland's request was unnecessary. Punch Taverns has always been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the Axe The Tax campaign and it would always be our intention to pass any decrease in duty on to our licensees.

"We will continue to lobby the Government to scrap the duty escalator and the increasing red tape burden on pubs, and would encourage the industry and MPs to unite to protect the future of the great British pub."

Mulholland's letter to the pubcos and BBPA says: "It is essential that we convince Government that if action is taken to reduce beer duty, then this will be passed on to licensees and to customers.

"As a result we are asking all pub operators to give a guarantee that any reduction in duty will be passed on to their licensees."

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