MPs call for minimum price in supermarkets

24 October, 2008

An influential group of MPs has called for minimum pricing to be introduced on alcohol sold in supermarkets.

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, made up of almost 400 members, has also recommended that the Treasury should review the difference between on and off-trade prices and that tax on draught beer be cut.

The group, which receives funding from 60 companies operating in the pub trade, made the recommendations in its Community Pub Inquiry. The report follows a two-year inquiry during which the group took oral and written evidence from a range of groups and individuals including licensees, ministers, trade associations and pub companies.

The inquiry’s co-chair Janet Dean MP said licensees “are labouring against the twin evils of cheap supermarket beer and a regulatory backlash from government seeking to curb alcohol disorder problems not of their making”.

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