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Alcohol: Misuse

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have had from Diageo plc to their consultation paper Safe, Sensible, Social—Consultation on further action on promoting responsible drinking and combating alcohol misuse; and what further action they will take. [HL372]

Diageo plc gave a detailed response to the Government’s recent public consultation on alcohol and a copy of their response has been placed in the Library.

A report on the consultation, summarising responses to the consultation, was published on 3 December and will be used by Ministers to support decision-making on future policy, legislation and service provision intended to reduce alcohol harm.

The Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Health jointly announced on 3 December that the Government intend to introduce legislation to create and enforce a mandatory code of practice for alcohol retailing. More than 90 per cent of respondents to our consultation supported a mandatory code. An independent review, carried out by KPMG, on behalf of the Home Office, found that many retailers were not abiding by voluntary standards for the responsible selling and marketing of alcohol.

On 5 November, I announced a new Alcohol Improvement Programme providing tools and support for National Health Service primary care trusts in reducing alcohol harms.

Further announcements on issues in the consultation such as the inclusion of health and unit information in advertising and the outcome of future monitoring of the voluntary agreement on alcohol labelling will be made in due course.