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Beer: Excise Duties

Question for Treasury

UIN 147758, tabled on 2 February 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing beer duty to taxation levels in other European countries.

Answered on

10 February 2021

The tax cuts at Budget 2013, 2014 and 2015 – followed by further duty freezes in 2016, 2017 and 2018 – mean that the average tax charged on a typical pint of beer is estimated to be 16p lower this year than it otherwise would have been since ending the beer duty escalator in 2013. All taxes are kept under review, including consideration of international comparisons, and any major announcements are made at fiscal events.

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