Referring to coverage in the last issue of OLN, Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland quoted a series of promotions on major brands, which he described as “irresponsible”.
The MP for Leeds North West, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, said: “An unholy price war has broken out in the supermarkets over the sale of alcohol. Tesco is now offering two 70cl bottles of top spirit brands for just £20, Asda is selling 1-litre bottles of spirits for just £15, and Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are selling Baileys at half price.
“The Save the Pub Group welcomes the government’s intentions to bring in a ban on below-cost selling but can I ask for a statement on when that will happen and if it will cover irresponsible promotions?”?Speaking ahead of his resignation, Commons leader Sir George Young said: “I can confirm the government will shortly be introducing relevant legislation, setting a framework where licensing authorities are properly able to address pressures caused by excessive late-night drinking. It is also our policy to ban the sale of alcohol below-cost in supermarkets.”??