Alcohol Policy

Home Office: Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing statistics, England and Wales

Home Office statisticians have launched a consultation on the ‘Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing’ statistical releases. This consultation is being run to gather insight and seek your views on the presentation and timing of the Government Statistical Service’s ‘Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing’ statistics and specifically why you use the data, what information is used, how frequently you use the information and any concerns over quality.

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House of Commons Health Committee: Minimum Unit Pricing

The Health Select Committee has launched a one-off inquiry to assess the case for introducing a minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol in England in the light of developments since the Health Committee's report in 2012 on the Government's Alcohol Strategy

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Welsh Assembly: Minimum Unit Pricing

The Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee have issued a call for written evidence to inform its inquiry into the general principles of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill.

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House of Lords Licensing Committee: Licensing Act 2003

The House of Lords Liaison Committee published a report earlier this year which looked into new investigative committee activity. In their report, they recommended the appointment of an ad hoc post-legislative scrutiny Committee to consider whether the Licensing Act 2003 has met its objectives.

As part of their scrutiny work, the Committee have issued a call for evidence in order to inform their inquiry and consequently their final report which would include recommendations to Government for more effective practice of the Licensing Act 2003.

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HM Treasury: Alcohol structures

HM Treasury has launched a consultation on the structure of the alcohol duty system.

The government announced at Spring Budget 2017 that it will consult on options so that duty rates better correspond to alcoholic strength:

  • the introduction of a new band to target cheap, high strength ‘white’ ciders, below 7.5% abv
  • the impacts of a new lower strength still wine band, to encourage the production and consumption of lower strength wines
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Sentencing Council: Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines

The Sentencing Council is consulting on draft revised guidelines for summary offences in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines. The revisions will affect alcohol sale guidelines. The Sentencing Council proposes to introduce “Few entries in refusals/incident book (where defendant is licence holder or regularly making alcohol sales)” as a higher culpability factor. ACS' submission can be downloaded below.

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