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Youth Alcohol Action Plan

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) yellow cards and (b) red cards have been issued to licensees under his Department's alert system referred to in the Youth Alcohol Action Plan. (240545)

The adoption of a yellow and red card approach to licensing reviews does not necessarily mean the physical issue of actual cards. The term is an illustrative one used to explain how enforcement and licensing officers can put irresponsible premises on notice that they face losing their licence if they do not improve. At first review (yellow card) tough conditions can be included on the premises licence. If, after another review, there has been no improvement or the licence conditions have been breached, the licence could be suspended or revoked (red card). We are working with licensing authorities to explore how they might use such an approach to take swift and firm action against problem premises.