UK: BBPA ups pressure on mandatory code
The British Beer and Pub Association is upping its campaign for the Government's proposed mandatory code on alcohol selling to be scrapped, ahead of a crucial vote this week.
Brigid Simmonds, CEO of the beer and pub trade body (BBPA), has written to members of the House of Lords, the upper chamber in the UK Parliament, calling on them to reject the code.
Lords will this Tuesday vote on the Government's Policing and Crime Bill, which would give ministers the power to introduce a mandatory code on the selling and marketing of alcoholic drinks.
"Concerns about the code have grown over the summer," said Simmonds today (12 October). "There is virtually no support for it from any quarter, and there is now widespread opposition from both local authorities and police forces."
Last month, drinks trade bodies, including the BBPA, welcomed a report that the Government's business secretary, Lord Mandelson, was in favour of delaying implementation of the code until at least April 2011.
A delay would be to avoid putting extra pressure on business amid a tough economic climate, reported the Times newspaper.
Last week, the Conservative Party, the main UK opposition party, said that it would "tear up" the Government's alcohol licensing laws if it wins power in next year's General Election.
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