Test purchases to continue indefinitely

25 June, 2007

Home Office minister Vernon Coaker has warned drinks retailers to expect a continuation of test purchasing campaigns.

Speaking to OLN’s sister newspaper The Morning Advertiser, after the release of the government's new alcohol strategy, Coaker said he “could not see a point” when under-age sting operations would end.

Defending the government’s position he said: “It is to protect the whole industry where there are people who aren’t doing what everybody else is doing. It is not under the pretence of undermining good practice; it is about supporting good practice. The thing I am pleased about is the industry itself wants the problem premises targeted because they know they tarnish the name of others.”

As part of its latest alcohol strategy, the government is also "strongly" recommending drinks retailers to put a Challenge 21 policy in place and display information in store setting out the sensible drinking message.




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