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Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2165W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, when he expects the terms of reference for the work on evaluating the effects of the sale of alcohol between 3 am and 6 am will be agreed. (250077)

Pursuant to my answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2165W, I can confirm that my Department is still in discussions with the Home Office about further evaluation of the impact of the sale of alcohol between 3 am and 6 am. No decisions have yet been reached on terms of reference.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department provides guidance to convenience stores with off-sales licences on the (a) positioning of and (b) promotion of alcohol within their shops. (252093)

DCMS does not provide guidance to licensed premises on any matter. However, in our guidance to licensing authorities, we have provided details of the Portman Group Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks, which seeks to ensure that drinks are packaged and promoted in a socially responsible manner. In addition, if there is a risk or perceived risk to the licensing objectives (such as the protection of children from harm) as a result of the position or promotion of alcohol, following representations and a hearing, conditions can be attached to the premises licence by the licensing authority to address the concerns.