Committee Updates July 2015

Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill

Our licensing committee submitted written evidence on the Bill.  We support the policy intent of the Bill to promote public health and reduce alcohol related offending, but question whether the provisions contained in the Bill will achieve this policy intent. 

The committee makes reference to the terms under section 6, which makes it an offence to advertise alcohol in a prohibited place, such as a school.  We question how this could be enforced in practice, as an example a member of the public could display a poster for an event with an alcohol sponsor in the window of their home, and unknowingly be committing an offence.  The committee also question proposed ‘drinking banning orders’, how they would be enforced and how premises licence holders will know who has had a drinking banning order imposed. 

Our full response can be found on our website