We were continuing the debate on the Police Bill yesterday and had an important group of amendments on availability and effects of alcohol. It is a difficult policy area. Alcohol is an socially accepted but powerful drug regularly used by most people in our society. We are rightly worried about the dramatically increased number of people suffering from alcohol related diseases especially young people.
The two ammendments that I supported were proposed by Baroness Finlay. They would both be contentious but I think popular and involve restrictions and tests on certain individuals and greater control of licensing in certain areas.
The debate inevitably referred to past behaviour – mine included!! http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/110609-0002.htm (I’m afraid you have to scroll two thirds of the way down the Hansard page to reach the debate which started at 4pm)