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Wines: Sales

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to encourage the use of 125 millimetre glasses for the consumption of wine in order to reduce levels of such consumption. (264111)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, will shortly consult on a new mandatory code of practice for alcohol retailing. This will set out compulsory licensing conditions for all alcohol retailers and will give licensing authorities new powers to clamp down on specific problems caused by groups of premises in their areas. The primary aim of the code is to reduce alcohol-related nuisance and disorder, but measures may have an additional public health benefit. Conditions being considered include requiring that on-trade bars and pubs offer a choice to customers, which includes minimum standard measures of alcohol. The precise measures are expected to be a subject of the consultation.