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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has plans to meet representatives of the Portman Group to discuss (a) binge and (b) under-age drinking; and if she will make a statement. (191335)

The Home Secretary has no current plans to meet with representatives of the Portman Group, but the Government continue to work with members of the alcohol industry to address issues such as binge and under-age drinking.

We are aware that our Department of Health colleagues have regular contact with the Portman Group regarding a number of proposals and will continue this support to further reduce alcohol-related harms. A joint industry and Government officials seminar is due to be held on 24 April 2008 to consider how to further promote sensible drinking.

Additionally, representatives from the Portman Group will be invited to the Prime Minister’s summit on alcohol which is likely to take place later in the spring.