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Brown backtracks on promise to allow local authorities to ban 24 hour drinking

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4384
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government has dropped proposed powers for local councils to ban 24 hour drinking, outlaw “happy hour” promotions, and take other steps to tackle binge drinking.

    The provisions have been dropped from the code on alcohol sales in the Policing and Crime Bill, only weeks after the prime minister, Gordon Brown, promised at the Labour Party conference that the government would give local authorities the power to ban 24 hour drinking.

    The prime minister told the conference on 29 September, “No one has yet cracked the whole problem of a youth drinking culture. We …

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