WSTA response to Police and Social Responsibility Bill

1 December 2010

 Responding to publication of the Government’s Police and Social Responsibility Bill, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“We welcome the Government’s positive response to some of the concerns we’ve expressed during consultation about proposed changes to the licensing regime.

“We remain concerned about the implications of the proposed late night levy, not least the possibility that it may be seen by some local authorities as a way of simply raising revenue. It is vital that it is applied only to premises where there is clear evidence of a problem and does not impact responsible businesses which happen to be in the vicinity.

“We hope Government will encourage police and local authorities to adopt a common sense and partnership approach when using their substantial powers to tackle problem drinking and licensing issues.

“Community Alcohol Partnerships, built on a co-operative approach by local businesses and enforcement agencies, are delivering positive results.”


The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 310 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:
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