Motion to end discount frenzy

06 April, 2007

Supermarket representatives are to attend a meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group later this month to discuss alcohol pricing.

Selby MP John Grogan, who chairs the group, has asked bosses from Asda, Tesco, Morrison s and Sainsbury's to join him at the Houses of Parliament on April 18 to persuade them to end "irresponsible drinks promotions" and the practice of selling alcohol below cost.

Grogan's early day motion urg es supermarkets to cut down on cheap alcohol promotions and has attracted 186 signatures since it was tabled in December last year. Grogan said the meeting would give supermarkets the chance to answer back . He said: "It's a chance for them to justify their pricing. "

Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Asda and Waitrose have all defended their positions in the supermarket industry, and the Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Competition Commission to delve deeper into the market.

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