Clause 186 - Rates of alcoholic liquor duties

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:15 pm ar 19 Mehefin 2012.

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Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury 6:15, 19 Mehefin 2012

Of course I do not agree with that suggestion. The measure was included in Budget 2012 for a number of extremely good reasons. We certainly do not want to see the death of the industry. I shall continue with my remarks and deal with that and other points that have been made.

I, too, am a big supporter of the local pub. I run “politics in the pub” surgeries in my constituency. [Interruption.] Indeed, I am told that the thing to do in such debates is to name your local paper. I must laud the Norwich Evening News for its “Love your Local” campaign, in which I have played an active part for the past few years and which I think is very effective in highlighting how good pubs can do good trade in a very good city.

I shall provide the Committee with some background to the clause, which implements the pre-announced, above-inflation increases that were first announced at Budget 2008 by the previous Government, and which were extended in the March 2010 Budget. The additional revenue from the increases was included in the public finance projections at that time. I might suggest to one of the “Morrises”, if I may call them that—