Edinburgh set to outlaw drinks promotions

19 August, 2009

Edinburgh licensing chiefs have been accused of “going feral” by planning a city-wide ban on multibuy promotions.

The city’s licensing board is using the new Licensing (Scotland) Act to curb off-trade deals, claiming they have the right to do this under the legislation. The Scottish Government is planning national restrictions on alcohol promotions in a separate Bill.

One senior licensing source told the Herald: “Edinburgh has just gone feral and introduced a new concept of making up law on the hoof. It’s a maverick little frolic of their own, but the intellectually bankrupt system of allowing licensing boards to apply their own interpretation to the Act is going to create situations like this.”

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has condemned the plans, which it says is based on an incorrect interpretation of the local powers bestowed by the new Act.

If the plans go ahead, three-for-two, BOGOF deals and case discounts on wine could all be prohibited.

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