Beer and pubs

Dudley South’s MP, Mike Wood, has been honoured with a series of awards to honour his stellar work supporting the beer, brewing and pub industries

Mike Wood: I beg to move,

That this House 
has considered beer taxation and pubs.

I am delighted to have secured this important debate, alongside Ruth Smeeth and my hon. Friend Mr Evans, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating us this time.

Mike Wood: Given the pressures on today’s Order Paper to which the hon. Member for Gateshead (Ian Mearns) referred, might the Leader of the House find an opportunity—the earliest opportunity—for a general debate on beer taxation and pubs?

 

Andrea Leadsom Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

Mike Wood: This Budget is good for communities and families in the West Midlands. On top of the £250 million that the county has already received from the transforming cities fund, it will get another £72 million to boost prosperity and spread wealth across the region by increasing productivity. Families will also have extra money in their pockets at the end of every single month thanks to the introduction, a full year ahead of schedule, of the changes to income tax thresholds and personal allowances that were promised in our manifesto last year.

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to help tackle loneliness.

 

Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: As well as the world’s best beer, one of the things that brings people into our pubs is live music. What assessment has the Minister made of the importance of the music industry’s contribution to our economic and cultural health?

 

Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dudley South’s MP, Mike Wood, has praised the Chancellor’s announcement to

Mike Wood: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We know that 82% of the beer that is drunk in our pubs is brewed in the UK. Jodie Kidd and other publicans will be presenting a 105,000-signature petition to Downing Street today to back the Long Live the Local campaign on beer duty. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the Chancellor is fully aware of the contribution that our beer and pub sectors make to British farming, as well as to the wider economy and society?

 

Mike Wood: Britain has a record number of outstanding breweries, including four in my constituency and the excellent Hook Norton Brewery in that of my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis), whom I am meeting this afternoon. Might we have time for a debate on the opportunities after Brexit to restructure beer duty in order to support not only our excellent brewers, but our vital community pubs?

 

Andrea Leadsom Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

I beg to move,

That this House 
has considered taxation of the beer and pubs sector.

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