Monday, 10 November 2008

on happy hour bans

and the removal of cheap alcohol from shelves.

Today the Home Affairs select committee suggested that, in order to get rid of the unfortunate situation of MP's and Lords being slightly intoxicated in the Chamber, happy hours will be banned in all House of Parliament bars and that a minimum price would be placed on all alcohol.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, said House bars must end a "tax high, subsidise, sell it cheap" culture around drink. Only then will Parliamentarians truly represent and feel the pain of their constituents.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said the industry acted against "dodgy promotions" in the House but was prevented from going still further because of lack of competition.

House authorities were unavailable for comment.

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