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Rob Marris MP calls for the Protection, Preservation and Promotion of local Breweries and Pubs

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To give you a flavour (to coin a phrase!) of where I stand, below is a copy of an e-mail I sent to CAMRA before the election. I have met them twice in Parliament since the election.

I support:

* stronger protection for pubs in the planning system, including a requirement that planning permission be obtained before a pub can be converted to any other use.

* the tenant being allowed to choose to pay a higher rent in exchange for being free to buy beer on the open market being included in the new Statutory Code governing tied premises

* guest beer rights for publicans tied to large companies being included in the new Statutory Code governing tied premises.

* measures to try to ensure that large pub companies treat publicans fairly.

* retention of the freedoms of the Licensing Act 2003 to ensure consumers continue to enjoy greater choice.

* enforcement to ensure an end to the practice of serving short measures.

* rules to ensure that pricing information is clearly displayed.

* setting excise duty on beer at a level which supports UK brewing.

* retention of the Small Breweries’ Relief to continue to support the growth of small local breweries.

* renegotiation of the EU’s Excise Duty Directive, so that a member state be allowed to levy a preferential rate of excise duty on draught beer sold in pubs.

* renegotiation of the EU’s Excise Duty Directive, so that a member state be allowed to levy a reduced excise duty on low strength beers up to 3.5% ABV in strength.

* retention of the existing duty exemption for small cider producers who produce.

Rob Marris MP

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