After section 117

Part of Licensing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:45 pm on 16th November 2005.

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Photo of Mr Brian Monteith Mr Brian Monteith Independent 4:45 pm, 16th November 2005

Although I think that amendment 65 is rather weak and could have gone further, I will support it.

I was astonished to hear that Tommy Sheridan thinks that somehow drink has been separated from sport. Clearly, he is not getting into enough directors' boxes, whether at Murrayfield or any of the football grounds. Alcohol is there—it is just that the punters cannot get it, and I thought that he represented the punters.

The truth is that sport and drink go together; people get tanked up before they go into a ground. Let us have some responsible drinking. We should encourage it in the grounds—with families and with food—where it would be policed. That is what the proposed pilot is about. Members cannot tell me that punters in Newcastle, Carlisle or anywhere else in England are different from punters in Scotland. Let us give punters in Scotland a chance to have a responsible drink. That will change the culture. Members should support amendment 65.

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