Harriett Baldwin welcomes the support from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with regard to alcohol duty for smaller cider producers but seeks support for larger traditional makers of stronger ciders who may be adversely affected by the tax changes.
T3. On behalf of the small cider producers in West Worcestershire, may I thank the Secretary of State for the representations that he has made to the Chancellor about the taxation regime? Is he also making representations on behalf of the larger, more traditional cider makers with the stronger ciders who may be adversely affected by the tax changes? (904661)
I am aware that my hon. Friend lives in a part of the country, and represents a constituency, famous for its ciders. I would be more than happy to meet with her and any of those businesses to discuss any particular concerns that they have, although she will understand that alcohol duties are very much a matter for the Treasury.