Higher duty call for supermarket beer

13 September, 2010

The Campaign for Real Ale wants the government to apply lower duty to draught beer.

The move would breach European rules but Camra says the UK should campaign for member states to be given flexibility to make such changes to duty.

It said: “From a public health, public order and economic perspective, drinking alcohol in the sociable, well-regulated environment of a well-run community pub is preferable to alcohol purchased in the off-trade, as the landlord has a legal responsibility not to serve customers who are inebriated.”

The campaign group has also called on the government to introduce a “floor price” of 35p to 40p a unit in order to combat deep discounting in the off-trade.




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