Statement: New code of practice for alcohol retailers

20 January 2010

Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, made a written ministerial statement on the Government's response to the recent consultation on the new code of practice for alcohol retailers

Mr Johnson said that, subject to the Parliamentary timetable, the Government would introduce the following mandatory licensing conditions that will apply to pubs, clubs and hotels and other 'on-licensed' premises:

  • banning irresponsible promotions, such as drinking games, speed drinking, women drink for free, and all you can drink for £10
  • banning pouring drinks directly into the mouths of customers
  • ensuring free tap water for customers
  • ensuring that all on trade premises offer small measures of beers, wine and spirits to customers

In addition, a condition would be introduced to ensure that all those who sell or supply alcohol, have an age verification policy in place requiring them ask anyone who looks under 18 for proof of age.

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