The Beer (Amendment) Regulations 2011

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2011/1795

2011 No. 1795

Excise

The Beer (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Made 20th July 2011

Laid before Parliament 21th July 2011

Coming into force 1st October 2011

The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 93(1)(d), (e), (2)(d), (g), (h), (l), (3) and (4), 118A(1) and (2) and section 127A of the Customs and Excise Management Act 19791, sections 2(3), (3A) and (4), 41A(1),(2) and (7), 49(1)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) and (2) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 19792, and sections 1 and 2 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 19923, make the following regulations:

S-1 Citation and Commencement

Citation and Commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Beer (Amendment) Regulations 2011 and come into force on 1st October 2011.

S-2 Amendment of the Beer Regulations 1993

Amendment of the Beer Regulations 1993

2.—(1) Amend the Beer Regulations 19934as follows.

(2) In regulation 4 (interpretation) for the definition of “duty” substitute—

““duty” means any duty of excise charged on beer by section 36(1) of the Act (general beer duty) or section 37(1) of the Act (high strength beer duty)5;”.

(3) In regulation 8 (when the production of beer begins and when it is completed)—

(a)

(a) at the beginning of paragraph (2) for “For” substitute “Except where paragraph (4) applies, for”;

(b)

(b) in paragraph (2) for “(the charge of excise duty)” substitute “(general beer duty), section 37 of the Act (high strength beer duty)”; and

(c)

(c) after paragraph (3) insert—

S-4

“4 Where before the duty point two or more beers are mixed (in this paragraph referred to as “the constituent beers”) and one or more of the constituent beers is of a strength exceeding 7.5 per cent—

(a) the time at which production of the beer resulting from that mixture is completed is the time when mixing is completed; and

(b) the constituent beers are relieved of duty.”.

(4) For paragraph (4) of regulation 22 (mixing)6substitute—

S-4

“4 Paragraph (5) applies where—

(a) beer to which any duty suspension arrangements apply is mixed with any beer that would, had the duty been charged immediately before the time of mixing, have been charged with a different rate of general beer duty; or

(b) beer A is mixed with beer B and—

(i) beer A is beer to which any duty suspension arrangements apply and which would, had the duty been charged immediately before the time of mixing, have been charged with a rate of duty given by section 36D(4) or section 36F(7) of the Act7; and

(ii) beer B is beer to which any duty suspension arrangements apply and which would, had the duty been charged immediately before the time of mixing, have been charged with the rate of duty specified in section 36(1AA)(za) of the Act8.

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5 Where this paragraph applies—

(a) if the strength of the resulting mixture exceeds 1.2 per cent but does not exceed 2.8 per cent, the rate at which general beer duty is charged on that mixture is the rate specified in section 36(1AA)(za) of the Act; and

(b) in all other cases, the rate at which general beer duty is charged on the resulting mixture is the rate specified in section 36(1AA)(a)9of the Act.”.

Melanie Dawes

Dave Hartnett

Two of the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

20th July 2011

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations, which come into force on 1st October 2011, amend the Beer Regulations 1993 ( S.I. 1993/1228) (“the 1993 Regulations”), which regulate the production and packaging of beer for the purposes of excise duty, and include provisions on holding beer in duty suspension, returns of duty, payment, record-keeping, dilution and mixing of beer, and relief from duty for spoilt beer.

Amendments in the Finance Act 2011 (c. 11)to the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (c. 4)(“ALDA”) create a new charge of excise duty on high strength beer. The new duty, high strength beer duty, is charged in addition to the existing excise duty on beer charged by section 36(1) of ALDA (general beer duty). High strength beer duty is charged on beer of an alcoholic strength exceeding 7.5 per cent which is imported into the United Kingdom or produced in the United Kingdom on or after 1st October 2011.

Amendments to ALDA made by section 14 of the Finance Act 2011 will come into force on 1st October 2011 to introduce a new reduced rate for general beer duty on lower strength beer (of a strength exceeding 1.2 per cent but not exceeding 2.8 per cent) in addition to the existing reduced rates for small brewery beer.

The amendments made by regulations 2(2) and 2(3)(b) apply the provisions of the 1993 Regulations for the purposes of high strength beer duty as they apply for the purposes of general beer duty. Regulation 2(2)...

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