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Licensing Act 2003

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What assessment has been made of (a) the Licensing Act 2003; and (b) the responsible alcohol retailing campaign launched by the British Institute of Innkeepers in reducing the incidence of drink-related crime and disorder. [HL6964]

The new licensing laws have been in place for eight months and it is still too soon to draw any conclusions about their success. What does seem clear is that there has been no discernable increase in alcohol-related crime and disorder, while there have been many reports of an improving situation and better joint working and enforcement by the police, local authorities and other partners.

The Government welcome initiatives to promote the responsible retailing of alcohol, such as the British Institute of Innkeepers’ responsible alcohol retailing week. We are working closely with industry representatives on the implementation of the principles and standards document which was launched by the industry last year.