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14th March 2013

Minimum unit pricing reports – BBPA comments

Commenting on reports that the Government may not be moving ahead with the introduction of the minimum unit pricing of alcohol, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“If this turns out to be the outcome, there are still many issues to discuss.

“We have always supported a ban on below-cost selling and a tax system that encourages lower-strength drinks.


“We will certainly continue to press for a freeze in beer duty in next week’s Budget, as UK beer tax rates are already the highest in Europe, holding back investment, growth and job creation.


“Overall, UK alcohol consumption is down by more than 16 per cent since 2004. Tackling problem drinking should mean targeting help at those who misuse alcohol, more local community partnerships, greater education and awareness and support for pubs.


“This is our preferred approach to fostering a culture of responsible drinking in the UK, and we want to continue to work in close partnership with the Government on this agenda.”



For further information contact:

David Wilson: Public Affairs Director Tel: 020 7627 9151

Neil Williams, Head of Media Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Officer Tel: (020) 7627 9154


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.



Neil Williams

Communications Manager

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249