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Weekly News Update:Private Members Bill:Licensing Act 2003 - Amendment

Posted 20/06/14

Regional:

Bars in Hartlepool to stay open longer during Brazil World Cup – but only for England games:
LICENSING chiefs have allowed pubs to extend the hours in which they serve alcohol and food during the World Cup – but only for the England games. Click here to read more...

Prisoners appear on DVD discouraging drug and alcohol abuse
Four inmates from Deerbolt Young Offenders Institution are appearing on a DVD aimed at discouraging drug and alcohol abuse  Click here to read more...
 

National:

BMA Scotland pushes for minimum alcohol pricing
The BMA is pushing for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol unit following a survey that showed six in ten people considered it the most harmful drug in Scotland. Click here to read more...
 

Underage alcohol sales have fallen, but proxy purchasing is rising
Retailers have made major progress in driving down underage alcohol sales, but proxy purchasing is on the increase, according to a new report. Click here to read more... 

Private Members Bill: Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe (Lib Dem) has seized the moment and is campaigning for a fifth licensing objective. We believe that the Government will starve this of Parliamentary time, but we await a second reading date so that we, and our Alcohol Health Alliance partners, can look to support our alcohol champions in the Lords. Click here to read more...

Foetal alcohol syndrome
Luciana Berger MP again on the same topic area, requested figures on how many children were diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome. The Public Health Minister very helpfully published the number of finished admission episodes in England between 2009/10 and 2012/13. We can see that in total episodes have increased from 184 to a peak of 270 in 2011/12, coming down a little to 252 in 2012/13. Click here to read more...
 

Alcohol and pregnancy (1)
Shadow Public Health Minister and local MP Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree, Lab) asked for details of Government funded education and support on alcohol consumption for pregnant women. The Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP (Battersea, Con) informes us that NICE has set out guidelines for doctors and nurses which is complemented by Government funded Start4Life and NHS Choices website Click here to read more...

Alcohol and pregnancy (2)
Luciana Berger MP asked ministers for their assessment of the effectiveness of warning labels for drinking whilst pregnant. The Public Health Minister stated these labels were part of a broad consumer awareness campaign and that the success of the much feted Responsibility Deal pledge to have such warning logos on 80% of cans and bottles by the end of 2013 is currently being independently assessed.
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Alcohol and pregnancy (3)
Sparking a small debate with his question, commons alcohol champion Kelvin Hopkins MP (Luton North, Lab) asked for figures on babies damaged by alcohol consumption during pregnancy - he followed this up with a call for mandatory warning labels. The Public Health Minister said very little new or concrete. Click here to read more...

Parents urged not to give children alcohol at post-exam celebrations
Charity issues warning after study finds that 15,000 intoxicated young people were admitted to hospital in past three years  Click here to read more...

Proxy purchasing of alcohol on the rise
Challenge 25, a voluntary scheme, was introduced in the UK in 2006 to combat the high rates of underage sales of alcohol in UK supermarkets and requires anyone over the age of 18 who looks younger than 25 to produce a valid form of ID when buying alcohol. Click here to read more...

Fifteen Scottish football clubs back calls for pilot scheme to allow alcohol at matches:
SEVERAL football clubs have backed calls for a pilot scheme to allow the drinking of alcohol at games, say Scottish Tories. Click here to read more...