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Young People (Alcohol)

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

I am today laying before Parliament, with the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Health, the youth alcohol action plan, which fulfils a commitment made in the children’s plan last year. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The youth alcohol action plan sets out the Government’s plans to tackle young people’s drinking in five ways: working with the police to improve how we deal with young people drinking in public places; working with the alcohol industry to develop tougher standards in relation to young people; developing a national consensus on young people and alcohol; supporting parents through better information about alcohol consumption by young people; and supporting young people to make sensible decisions.

Our Departments have called for views on these proposals. The relevant materials are available from the DCSF website at: www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/.

This exercise will run until 30 June 2008.