» Monday, June 16, 2008


Asked if the Prime Minister supported what was being done in Scotland by raising the legal age to buy alcohol in shops and supermarkets from 18 to 21, the PMS replied that our general position on this and the focus of the Government’s effort was enforcement of the existing law relating to alcohol sales to those under the age of 18. And this week the Home Secretary would be unveiling a new hard-hitting national advertising campaign to drive home the message to 18-24 year olds that excessive drinking could have serious consequences.

Asked if it was fair to say that the Prime Minister was not minded to follow the Scottish lead, the PMS replied that it was the Prime Minister’s view that we should focus on dealing with enforcement of the existing legislation, but we did need to do more, and that was what we were doing, to make people in the slightly older age group aware of the consequences of excessive drinking.

Put that therefore he had no plans to follow suit, the PMS replied that what was clear was that the approach that we were taking was to tackle enforcement relating to sale to under 18s and to increase awareness of those over 18 of the consequences of excessive drinking.

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