Plans to stop issuing new liquor licences in Scotland should be ditched, according to the Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA).
The statistics show a drop across hotels, pubs and entertainment venues, while the number of licences at restaurant, retail and refreshment sites rose marginally.
Browne said: "One thing I hope these figures do is end the naÁ¯ve debate about the need for a legislatively imposed moratorium on the issuing of new licences. Licensing boards already have the power to block a new licensed premise if they feel there are too many in an area."
By Tom Bill