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3rd November 2020

SIBA comment on the Prime Minister’s statements in the House in response to questions on takeaway beer

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statements in the House this afternoon, and questions asked on takeaway beer by Mark Pawsey MP and Pauline Latham MP, James Calder SIBA Chief Executive said: 

“It was encouraging to see the PM commit to look again at this issue around the unfairness of allowing supermarkets to sell beer, but not pubs during the second lockdown.

England’s pubs and independent brewers need to see the final and full guidance as soon as possible so they can prepare their businesses for the changes which come into effect from Thursday.

Takeaway beer was, and is a vital cashflow lifeline for brewers and publicans.

We need to see a return to the regulations which were in place during the first lockdown; whereby pubs could sell takeaway beer to consumers, independent bottle shops and brewery shops are classed as essential retail  and that independent breweries can continue to offer delivery and click and collect from the brewery gate throughout November.”

James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive


The PM’s answers to these Parliamentary Questions can be watched here:

And here:


Press release from SIBA

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