Wines: Sales

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered at on 2 May 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner, The Second Church Estates Commissioner

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, for what policy reason retailers may not sell 125ml servings of wine in taster packs.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)

Under the Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) Order 1988, prepacked sparkling wine can already be sold in 125ml quantities and prepacked still wine in 100ml quantities.

When options to reform the relevant legislation were considered, and following conversations with industry, we focused on introducing quantities that stakeholders had indicated as most beneficial for the industry. We will continue to keep the metrology legislative framework under consideration as part of our wider review of metrology EU assimilated law in line with the Government’s commitment to Smarter Regulation, reducing burdens on businesses and promoting innovation and growth.

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