1. ITV Report

MPs call for scrapping of beer duty escalator

North East MPs have added their voices to calls for the 'beer duty escalator' to be scrapped.

The escalator was introduced in 2008 by the then-Chancellor Alistair Darling, raising the price of a pint by 2% above inflation, and is due to last until 2015.

In a debate in the House of Commons, many MPs called on the Government to abolish the scale.

They argue that it is having a devastating impact on the pub trade and the beer industry. MPs were also told that 450 pubs around the country had shut since March.

The Hartlepool MP Iain Wright was among those to speak.

He said that there had been a 'steady stream' of pub closures in the town.

He told the House of Commons that 1,000 people were employed in the pub trade in Hartlepool, making it a vital local employer.

You can listen to Iain Wright MP in the House of Commons below:

The debate was triggered by an e-Petition, which attracted 104,000 signatures.

The Easington MP Grahame Morris, who's a member of the All Party Save the Pub group, also took part.

He said the rise in beer price was also having a huge impact on Working Men's Clubs.

Responding, the Treasury Minister Sajid Javid told MPs that the beer escalator had been introduced by the previous government.

He said that reducing beer tax would mean revenue having to be recouped in other ways but he told the Commons that the Goverrment would continue to keep all taxes under review.

Mr Javid also told MPs that there were many factors for the decline in the pub trade.

You can watch the full report from Helen Ford below: