Alcohol Abuse

Home Department written question – answered on 13th July 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representatives of the alcohol industry he met on 28 June; what topics were discussed; what plans he has for further meetings; what other organisations with an interest in alcohol harm reduction he has met over the last three months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport met with a range of trade associations and companies in the alcohol industry on 28 June. The round table discussion was about the contribution that the industry can make to changing the culture of binge drinking and reducing the crime and disorder that is associated with it.

The meeting included representatives from pub and club chains, trade associations, manufacturers and the off-trade.

As part of the implementation of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England, and in the wider course of my ministerial duties, I have met with a variety of organisations with an interest in alcohol harm reduction. These include the alcohol industry, the police, and others, at both the national and the local level.

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