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Volume 712: debated on Monday 13 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prevent the expansion of unlawful controlled drinking zones. [HL4782]

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Sections 12 and 13) provides for designated public places orders (DPPOs). These orders can be applied for by a local authority for use in areas that have experienced alcohol-related disorder or nuisance. A DPPO does not make it a criminal offence to consume alcohol within a designated area. An offence is committed if an individual refuses to comply with a constable’s request to refrain from drinking. The Home Office published guidance on DPPOs in December 2008 and this can be found by using the web link at