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Crimes of Violence: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle binge drinking-related violent crime. (150484)

‘Safe, Sensible, Social—next Steps for the national Alcohol Strategy’ published on 5 June 2007 builds on the progress made and lessons learned in tackling binge drinking and violent crime since the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England was published in 2004. The renewed Strategy includes sharpened criminal justice for drunken behaviour, more help for people who want to drink less, local alcohol strategies and a public information campaign to promote a sensible drinking culture. In addition, we will continue to make full and better use of existing laws and licensing powers to bear down on irresponsibly managed bars, pubs, and off licenses. The Government have also introduced provisions in the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, which include Alcohol Disorder Zones, and Directions to Leave to help support the police and local authorities in tackling alcohol related crime and disorder.