Higher tax call for superstrengths

07 March, 2008

Fifty MPs have signed an Early Day Motion calling on the government to tax superstrength lagers at a higher rate, while some London retailers have taken them off shelves voluntarily.

Drinks retailers in Westminster revealed earlier this week that they had removed superstrength lagers and ciders from their shelves in response to a call from Westminster Council, which wants to stop street drinking.

Labour MP Martin Linton tabled the motion in December, in response to a campaign by homelessness charity Thames Reach.

Linton said that single-serve packs containing more than the government's recommended daily alcohol allowance, such as a 50cl can of Carlsberg Special Brew, "completely undermine its own advice on safe, sensible and sociable drinking".




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