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Beer Glasses

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of injuries which would result from the national roll-out of the prototype shatter-proof pint glasses developed by his Department’s Design and Technology Alliance; and if he will make it his policy to provide financial support to independent pub landlords to acquire stocks of such glasses. (318151)

There are around 87,000 violent incidents involving glassware each year. In the majority of cases where violent crime involving glassware is reported it is most commonly pint glasses which are broken and used as sharp weapons. The British Medical Journal has highlighted that the injury caused by drinking glasses could be substantially reduced by the use of toughened glass in premises.

We anticipate the cost of the new glasses will be similar to existing standard toughened glass. Cost will clearly be a consideration as we move forward with these prototypes. Both glass solutions should have a potentially longer lifespan than existing glass, therefore we do not have any plans to financially support trade in acquiring stocks of the glasses as it would be part of their natural expenditure.