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Pubwatch

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides for the Pubwatch scheme. (203170)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not provide financial support for Pubwatch schemes. The Statutory Guidance, issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, encourages licensing authorities, the police and other agencies to recognise the value of Pubwatch schemes and explicitly asks them to support Pubwatch aims.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Pubwatch scheme in reducing the number of occasions when licensing laws are breached. (203171)

No assessment has been made. However, we believe that national and local Pubwatch schemes make an important contribution to improved partnership working between the pub industry and the police in tackling alcohol related crime and disorder.