Promotions Legislation Pubs of Ulster Statement

11 October 2010

In response to today�s announcement by Social Development Minister Alex Attwood of a public consultation on proposed legislation that will challenge the irresponsible sale of alcohol, Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Pubs of Ulster said:

�The responsible retailing of alcohol is of paramount importance to Pubs of Ulster and our members and the licensed trade in Northern Ireland is amongst the most proactive and successful in providing self regulation. �We do accept however that there is a small minority of pubs which push the boundaries on drinks promotions and while this is not representative of the pub industry as a whole in Northern Ireland, we welcome and fully support the proposals which will reinforce the methods of self regulation Pubs of Ulster is already driving forward. �However, whilst we are encouraged by the move against the irresponsible sale of alcohol, we are concerned that the proposals do not address the issue of the below cost selling of alcohol by the supermarket multiples. With 70% of alcohol now consumed at home, we call on the Northern Ireland Assembly to lead the way and introduce minimum pricing rather than waiting to see what Scotland does on the issue.� To read Pubs of Ulster's Position Paper on the proposed legislation for irresponsible promotions, please click 'Industry Representation' and 'Our Position'