Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, pictured, and Norwich South MP Simon Wright faced questions about cheap supermarket alcohol, the power of pub companies and the burden of taxes on pubs during a lively debate, which formed part of the festival.
"Is it right that you can buy alcohol so cheaply and are we coming to a point where the government will look at that more strongly?"
A taxi driver said to me that he takes more people into the city drunk than he takes home.
"We want them to drink in good, well run pubs, but we want them to stop buying bad vodka in Asda. That's the behavioural change we want to see happen."
She said: "I have been really pleased to have worked on the minimum pricing policy. What we want to achieve is for people to drink less.
Mr Lewis told the audience at St Gregory's Church in Pottergate that he wanted to see business rates revamped, with pubs given a discount because of their unique role at the heart of communities.
However, Liberal Democrat Mr Wright said that, while he understood the need for the tax currently, he would like to see it eased or abolished once the economy recovers sufficiently.
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But she defended the beer tax escalator, which sees tax increase by 2pc above inflation each year, saying that raised valuable money, during tough economic times, to spend on services such as health and police.
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The City of Ale festival, which runs until Sunday, June 10, involves 45 venues, 35 breweries, 219 local ales, hundreds of pub events, a Bloomin' Ale Trail, heritage films, talks and walks and an auction. He said: "I believe we should be more supportive of pubs. "One Puma Shoes Pink And White of the joys of coming here is seeing how publicans and people are supporting pubs which support their communities.
MPs urged to do more to help Norwich's pubs survive
from the government.
Miss Smith, a Conservative treasury minister, said that proposals for minimum pricing for alcohol of about 40p a unit, were out for consultation.
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