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7 Beer duty.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)For section 36 of the M1Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (charge on beer imported into, or brewed in, the United Kingdom of an excise duty at a rate per hectolitre for every degree by which the original gravity of the beer exceeds 1000 degrees) there shall be substituted—

36 Beer: charge of excise duty.

(1)There shall be charged on beer—

(a)imported into the United Kingdom, or

(b)produced in the United Kingdom,

a duty of excise at the rate of £10.60 per hectolitre per cent. of alcohol in the beer.

(2)Subject to the provisions of this Act—

(a)the duty on beer produced in, or imported into, the United Kingdom shall be charged and paid, and

(b)the amount chargeable in respect of any such duty shall be determined and become due,

in accordance with regulations under section 49 below.

(2)After section 41 of that Act (which specifies certain reliefs from duty) there shall be inserted—

41A Suspension of duty: registration of persons and premises.

(1)A person registered by the Commissioners under this section may hold, on premises so registered in relation to him, any beer of a prescribed class or description—

(a)which has been produced in, or imported into, the United Kingdom, and

(b)which is chargeable as such with excise duty,

without payment of that duty.

(2)A person entitled under subsection (1) above to hold beer on premises without payment of duty may also without payment of duty carry out on those premises such operations as may be prescribed on, or in relation to, such of the beer as may be prescribed.

(3)No person shall be registered under this section unless—

(a)he is a registered brewer or a packager of beer; and

(b)he appears to the Commissioners to satisfy such requirements for registration as they may think fit to impose.

(4)No premises shall be registered under this section unless—

(a)they are used for the production or packaging of beer, or

(b)they are adjacent to, and occupied by the same person as, premises falling within paragraph (a) above which are registered under this section,

and they appear to the Commissioners to satisfy such requirements for registration as the Commissioners may think fit to impose.

(5)The Commissioners may register a person or premises under this section for such periods and subject to such conditions as they think fit.

(6)The Commissioners may at any time for reasonable cause—

(a)revoke or vary the terms of their registration of any person or premises under this section; or

(b)restrict the premises which are so registered.

(7)As respects beer chargeable with a duty of excise that has not been paid, regulations under section 49 below may, without prejudice to the generality of that section, make provision—

(a)regulating the holding or packaging of, or the carrying out of other operations on or in relation to, any such beer on registered premises without payment of the duty;

(b)for securing and collecting the duty on any such beer held on registered premises;

(c)permitting the removal of any such beer from registered premises without payment of duty in such circumstances and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed;

(d)for such persons as may be prescribed to be liable to pay the duty on any such beer held on, or removed without payment of duty from, registered premises, and for the circumstances in which, and the time at which, they are liable to do so.

(8)If any person contravenes or fails to comply with any condition of registration under this section he shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale; and any beer in respect of which the offence was committed shall be liable to forfeiture.

(9)In this section—

  • “prescribed means specified in, or determined in accordance with, regulations made by the Commissioners under section 49 below;

  • “registered premises means premises registered under this section.

(3)For sections 47 and 48 of that Act (licences to brew beer and to use premises for adding solutions to beer) there shall be substituted—

47 Registration of producers of beer.

(1)A person who produces beer on any premises in the United Kingdom must be registered with the Commissioners under this section in respect of those premises; and in this Act “registered brewer means a person registered under this section in respect of any premises.

(2)A person who produces beer on any premises shall not be required to be registered under this section in respect of those premises if the beer is produced solely for his own domestic use or solely for the purposes of research or experiments in the production of beer.

(3)An application for the registration under this section of any person required to be so registered in respect of any premises—

(a)shall be made at least fourteen days before the day on which he begins production of beer on those premises; and

(b)shall be in such form and manner as the Commissioners may by or under regulations prescribe.

(4)If any person fails to apply for registration under this section in circumstances where he is required by subsection (3)(a) above to do so, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale; and any beer or worts produced in contravention of that provision shall be liable to forfeiture.

(5)If any person produces beer on any premises in circumstances in which he is required to be, but is not, registered under this section in respect of those premises, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale; and any beer or worts in respect of which the offence was committed shall be liable to forfeiture.

(4)The enactments and instruments mentioned in Schedule 2 to this Act shall have effect with the amendments specified in that Schedule.

(5)This section shall come into force on such day as the Commissioners may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be so appointed for different provisions or for different purposes.

(6)An order under subsection (5) above may contain such saving or transitional provision as the Commissioners think fit; and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, any such order may include provision—

(a)for treating beer—

(i)produced, or in the process of being produced, before the relevant day, and

(ii)held on, or in the process of being transported between, registered premises on that day,

as beer produced on or after that day and chargeable accordingly, and

(b)for the remission or repayment of any duty charged or paid in respect thereof under provisions replaced by this section and Schedule 2 to this Act.

(7)In this section—

  • “the Commissioners means the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;

  • “registered premises means—

(a)premises which, on the relevant day, are registered under section 41A of the M2Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979, or

(b)premises in respect of which, on that day, a person is registered under section 47 of that Act;

  • “the relevant day means the day appointed for the coming into force of subsection (1) of the section 36 substituted by subsection (1) above.

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 7(5) power fully exercised (26.4.1993): 1.5.1993 appointed day for s. 7(2)(3)(5) and 1.6.1993 appointed day for s. 7(1)(4)(6)(7) by S.I. 1993/1152.

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C1S. 7(2)(3)(5) excluded (26.4.1993) by S.I. 1993/1152, art. 4(1).

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I1S. 7 wholly in force; s. 7 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 7(5); s. 7(2)(3)(5) in force at 1.5.1993 and s. 7(1)(4)(6)(7) in force at 1.6.1993 by S.I. 1993/1152, art. 3, Sch. 1.

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