Supermarket price war issue raised in Parliament

By James Wilmore

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Pub-supporting MP Greg Mulholland has slammed "irresponsible" supermarkets for their pre-Christmas alcohol discount deals - and tabled a...

Pub-supporting MP Greg Mulholland has slammed "irresponsible" supermarkets for their pre-Christmas alcohol discount deals - and tabled a parliamentary motion on the issue.

Mulholland, chairman of the All-Party Save The Pub Group, called on the government to introduce a ban on below-cost sales "as soon as possible" in light of the price war.

The major supermarket chains are offering a host of cheap deals on beer, wine and spirits in the run-up to Christmas.

But pubs meanwhile were banned earlier this year from offering "irresponsible" promotions.

"It is completely unacceptable that some supermarket chains are offering irresponsible alcohol promotions during the Christmas period," said Mulholland.

Mulholland's early day motion calls on the government to "do all it can over the festive period to support the pub industry which is being undercut by large supermarket chains who can afford to sell alcohol below cost".

He added: "The British pub remains the best environment to enjoy a drink in a controlled sociable environment and the behaviour of the major supermarkets with regards to their alcohol prices is severely damaging the pub industry."

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