To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) if he will publish the dates, agendas and minutes of any meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with representatives of the Portman Group since May 2010;
(2) how many times Ministers and officials from his Department have met representatives of the Portman Group since May 2010.
Officials in the alcohol policy team meet drinks industry representatives on a regular basis in the course of their normal activities, primarily through the Responsibility Deal. Since May 2010 there have been approximately 77 meetings at which representatives of the Portman Group were present. This includes meetings with attendees from outside the industry, such as the Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network.
Details of ministerial meetings with external stakeholders are published quarterly in arrears on the Department's website at:
Details of the Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network and Responsibility Deal Plenary group are publicly available on the Responsibility Deal website. This includes notes of the meetings.
The Department will continue to publish such papers.