Culture Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport which representatives of the alcohol industry she met on 28 June; what topics were discussed; what plans she has for further meetings; what other organisations with an interest in alcohol harm reduction she has met over the last three months; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport and Tourism), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

On 28 June, the Home Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport jointly held a productive meeting with a small group of selected leaders from within the alcohol retail and producer industries and trade associations about the implementation of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England. In particular, the meeting considered irresponsible sales promotions; possible means of changing the culture of binge drinking; and codes of good practice for retailers. There was widespread appreciation of the vital role the industry has to play and a determination on all sides to drive up standards. A range of further meetings will now follow that will focus on putting in place practical solutions to the problems identified. I have had regular meetings in the last three months in a working group with representatives of the police, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, the industry, local authorities and other Government Departments to discuss alcohol-related violence. The group is chaired by the Minister of State for Police and Crime Reduction in the Home Office.

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