BBPA warns Government over Licensing Act reforms

24 November 2010 by
BBPA warns Government over Licensing Act reforms

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has warned the Government that pubs should not be punished as part of proposed reforms to the Licensing Act.

The comments came from BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds on the fifth anniversary of the introduction of the Act.

"When it comes to reform of the Act, we share the Government's objective of tackling binge drinking and anti-social behaviour, but there is a huge array of existing laws with which to do this. We need to do more to promote and protect our pubs, which are, after all, at the heart of our hospitality and tourism industry and the home of responsible and supervised drinking," she said.

She also pointed out that 24-hour licensing had not contributed significantly to Britain's binge-drinking culture.

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