ALE August/September 1996 No. 285

Government Drags Its Feet On Beer Duty Problem

Editorial

The British Government continues to do nothing to save British pubs and breweries from the illegal and anti-social bootlegging trade. We need a hefty reduction in the crippling duty on beer and we need it NOW. The industry cannot sustain the loss of over 1 million pints per day to unfair competition. Drinkers will not tolerate this threat to the pub and their whole lifestyle.

Evening Hours Reform

The Home Office is considering a relaxation of the evening drinking hours. The option which seems to appeal to most pub-goers is an extension by one hour on Friday and Saturday nights.

Any pubs giving cause for complaint lose the privilege and revert to 11:00 closing.


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