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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) national and (b) regional meetings were conducted during the course of his Department’s policy consultation on alcohol strategy; and who (i) was invited to and (ii) attended each; (228145)

(2) what the criteria were for selecting those invited to attend the four regional consultation meetings on his Department’s policy consultation on alcohol strategy.

A series of national meetings were held during the consultation period with 88 representatives from stakeholder organisations covering crime and disorder, health, young people and the alcohol industry. The stakeholder organisations invited to these meetings and those that attended are listed as follows. In addition, officials met industry chief executives at the alcohol industry public affairs directors meeting on 20 August 2008.

Stakeholder organisations invited:

Association of Chief Police Officers

Police Superintendents’ Association

Police Federation

Association of Police Authorities

British Transport Police

Unison

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Mangers

Local Government Association

Local Better Regulation Office

Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS)

Trading Standards

Taunton Deane

Association of Town Centre Management

Trading Standards Institute

Metropolitan Police

Home Office

Newcastle University

Royal College of Physicians

St. George’s—University of London

North West Public Health Observatory

Alcohol Concern

Cardiff University

Royal Pharmaceutical Society for the UK

Northumbria University

Birmingham University

University of Central London

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

CompuServe

Turning Point

Royal College of General Practitioners

Equinox

National Treatment Agency

Southampton University

University of Kent

European Association for the Treatment of Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Nursing

National Association of Cider Makers

Association of Convenience Stores

Advertising Standards Authority

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

The Voice of the Nighttime Economy (Noctis)

Guild of Master Victuallers

Society of Independent Brewers

British Beer and Pub Association

British Institute of Inn Keepers

British Retail Consortium

Gin and Vodka Association

Scotch Whisky Association

Portman Group

Wine and Spirits Trade Association

The Advertising Association

Tourism Alliance

Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations

Tesco

Asda

Morrisons

Sainsbury

Marks & Spencer

Majestic

Threshers

Co-op

Diageo

Pernod-Ricard

Bacardi

Brown Forman

Beam Global

Constellation

Gallo

Fosters

Adfam

Mentor UK

Drug Education Forum

National Children’s Home

DrinkAware Trust

Local Government Association

4Children

National Children’s Bureau

The Children’s Society

Addaction

Family Welfare Association

Turning Point

Parentline Plus

Youthnet

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Barnardos

Fostering Network

Stakeholder organisations that attended:

The Voice of the Nighttime Economy (Noctis)

Guild of Master Victuallers

Scotch Whisky Association

Association of Convenience Stores

The Advertising Association

Portman Group

Tourism Alliance

Advertising Standards Authority

Wine and Spirits Trade Association

Society of Independent Brewers

The Gin and Vodka Association

Association of Chief Police Officers

British Transport Police

Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS)

Trading Standards

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Physicians

Royal Pharmaceutical Society for the UK

University of Kent

Parentline Plus

Adfam

Youthnet

Mentor UK

Four regional events were held in Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool and London during the Government’s consultation on what action should be taken in response to the rising levels of alcohol health harm and crime and disorder.

To be invited each organisation had to meet one of the following criteria—that they represented either diverse groups, enforcement and local authorities, the national health service, other health providers, manufacturers of alcohol, those in the alcohol off-licensed trade or those in the alcohol on-licensed trade.

In total 2,592 organisations were invited to these regional events and the following table breaks down this figure for each event and into the number invited, the number that accepted and the number that attended.

Number

Invited

Accepted

Attended

Bristol

Diverse groups

33

2

2

Enforcement and local authorities

217

15

11

Health—NHS

146

8

7

Health—other

0

0

0

Manufacturers

48

0

0

Off-trade

39

1

0

On-trade

208

9

1

Total

691

35

21

Newcastle

Diverse groups

36

3

3

Enforcement and local authorities

163

32

26

Health—NHS

102

23

18

Health—other

3

2

1

Manufacturers

23

0

0

Off-trade

28

0

0

On-trade

110

0

0

Total

465

60

48

Liverpool

Diverse groups

19

5

2

Enforcement and local authorities

64

11

8

Health—NHS

110

17

13

Health—other

1

1

1

Manufacturers

36

1

1

Off-trade

25

0

0

On-trade

141

5

0

Total

396

40

25

London

Diverse groups

74

8

8

Enforcement and local authorities

508

33

25

Health—NHS

273

10

7

Health—other

6

5

4

Manufacturers

31

3

1

Off-trade

30

2

0

On-trade

118

4

2

Total

1040

65

47

Totals

Diverse groups

162

18

15

Enforcement and local authorities

952

91

70

Health—NHS

631

58

45

Health—other

10

8

6

Manufacturers

138

4

2

Off-trade

122

3

0

On-trade

577

18

3

Total

2,592

200

141