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WSTA response to launch of consultation on licensing and ban on below cost sales


28 July 2010 

The Coalition Government has today launched a consultation on proposals to reform the Licensing Act and introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price. Commenting on the announcement, WSTA spokesman Gavin Partington said:

“The WSTA supports a ban on selling alcohol below the level of duty plus VAT and we are keen to work with Government on this issue to ensure any future legislation does not discriminate against any particular section of the drinks industry.

“We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on licensing laws but it’s worth remembering that local authorities and police already have substantial powers to refuse and remove licences from problem premises.

“We hope any changes in this area focus on tackling problem drinkers and premises and don’t add unnecessary costs and burdens to the vast majority of responsible consumers and businesses.”


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Notes to editors:

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The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:  +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email: [email protected]


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