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GOVERNMENT FAILING TO CRACKDOWN ON ROGUE PUBS – FOSTER

Bath’s MP, Don Foster, has released research showing that Labour has failed to crack down on landlords who permit anti-social binge drinking on their premises.

Don has called for the implementation of the Licensing Act to be halted.

Main Image• Only 11 landlords a year on average have been prosecuted for allowing drunken or riotous behaviour on their premises since 1997.

• Only 12 people in total have been prosecuted for buying drink for friends who are incapable through binge drinking since 1997. There were no prosecutions at all in 2000 or 2001.

• New powers to tackle binge drinking added by the 2001 Criminal Justice Act have only led to one (unsuccessful) prosecution.

Don Foster MP, Liberal Democrat Culture Spokesman said:

“Binge drinking is out of control but the Government is failing to tackle rogue pubs and nightclubs.

“The Government has at last decided to make the industry, and not the taxpayer, foot the bill for monitoring and policing.

“But even the fees meant to help cut binge drinking bizarrely apply to pubs but not clubs.

“Furthermore, with over 50,000 acts of alcohol-fuelled violence last year, it’s clear that binge drinking is taking up too much police time.”

“Until police and local authorities have greater powers, Labour’s longer licensing hours should be put on ice.”

ENDS
Notes to editors

Licensing Act offences

Under the Licensing Act 1964, it is an offence:

• for landlords to permit drunkenness or riotous behaviour on their premises, including selling alcohol to someone who is drunk (section 172)

• for any customer to buy drinks for someone who is already drunk (section 173).

Under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 it is an offence for an employee of a licensed premise to permit drunkenness or violent behaviour (section 32).

Don Foster MP asked the following parliamentary question:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under (i) section 172, (ii) section 172A and (iii) section 173 of the Licensing Act 1964 in each year since 1997; how many landlords have had their licences revoked due to breach of these provisions; and if he will make a statement. [212060].
Home Office Minister Hazel Blears replied:
 Only 11 landlords a year on average have been prosecuted for allowing drunken or riotous behaviour on their premises since 1997.

 Only 11 people in total have been prosecuted for buying drink for friends who are incapable through binge drinking since 1997. There were no prosecutions at all in 2000 or 2001.

 Figures for 2003 (the latest year where figures are available) show:

o 8 prosecutions (6 successful) of landlords for allowing drunken or riotous behaviour on their premises
o No prosecutions of employees for a similar offence
o One unsuccessful prosecution for buying drink for friends who are incapable through binge drinking.

 Figures for the number of revocations of licences were also provided. However, the Government fails to collect any data showing whether these licences have been revoked for binge drinking or other reasons.
Full response available on request.

This article published: 08/03/2024

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