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MPs want to call time on Happy hour


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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20081110/tuk-mp...ur-dba1618.html

Pubs and supermarkets may be forced to stop selling cheap booze to help free up police time.

MPs want to call time on Happy hour

The Home Affairs Select Committee believes alcohol-fuelled violence is wasting public resources and is urging the Government to clamp down on irresponsible bars and pubs.

Members found the "whole focus" of police resources was in targeting booze-fuelled and football violence, meaning officers were "hitting their targets but missing the point".

Chairman Keith Vaz said: "We cannot have on one hand a world of alcohol promotions for profit that fuels surges of crime and disorder, and on the other the police diverting all their resources to cope with it."

He also called for previously voluntary codes of conduct for the drinks industry to be legally enforceable.

Last week a senior officer said police did not need new powers to tackle errant licensees.

Simon O'Brien, who speaks for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) on pubs and clubs, said those selling drink irresponsibly were a "minority".

Ministers are reportedly considering a compulsory code for pubs and bars that would outlaw discounts and happy hours.

The rules could also ensure cut price offers extend to soft drinks, and put cigarette-style health warnings on alcohol.

The report also called for police to be given electronic notebooks to speed up the recording of crime.

Officers could then file reports without having to return to the station, the MPs said.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The Government recognises the issues that the committee has raised and are keen to tackle them head on. We will look carefully at the recommendations and challenges highlighted."

Members found the "whole focus" of police resources was in targeting booze-fuelled and football violence, meaning officers were "hitting their targets but missing the point".

the reason their is football violence is to realease the stress that the government put people under, of course the goverment dont know how to tie its shoe lace up :lol:

MPs want to call time on Happy hour

this is how evil our government is :angry: dont mess with our beer, you messed with smoking LEAVE THE BEER ALONE.

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