Trade bodies lobby minister over personal licence plans

06 November, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the Association of Convenience Stores are among 15 trade groups behind a joint letter urging the government to drop plans to abolish personal licences.

The group argues that replacing the current national system with powers for local authorities to impose training conditions on individual licences will lead to inconsistency, with multiple operators facing extra costs in keeping up with differing local requirements.

The letter to crime prevention minister Norman Baker is also signed by the heads of the British Beer & Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and 10 other leisure industry associations.

BII chief executive Tim Hulme said: “The proposal further undermines the professionalism of our industry at a time when we firmly believe society should be demanding us to promote even higher standards and to plot a pathway to better compliance.”

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, added: “Government intentions to deregulate are very much welcomed. However, the potential for increased regulation at a local level removes any gains.”




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