Punch Taverns is looking to expand its pub operations onto the Isle of Man. The company has told the local newspaper it hopes to buy up freehouses on the island, and is in advanced negotiations to buy one property and has visited at least five others. Punch confirmed it was "actively looking for pubs in the Isle of Man", which is independent of Britain and introduced extended opening for pubs in 2001. Pubs litter code Pubs could face strict penalties under a new code if food and other items purchased from their premises litter the streets. Consultation on the Government's Code of Best Environmental Practice finishes at the end of January, and will come into force soon after. It encourages councils to make greater use of existing penalties, including fines up to £2,500 and forcing offenders to carry out street cleaning. Pubs are urged to incorporate the code into their management handbooks and sign "contracts" with the local authority to observe the code. Glasgow bar boom Demand for bars and restaurants in Glasgow looks set to grow even further in 2004, according to Christie & Co. Nicky Finnieston, from the Glasgow office, said demand was outstripping supply. She said lenders were still confident in the sector and the arrival of brands such as Wagamama in January are signs of the city's success. Scotland not ready Scottish drinkers are not ready for a relaxation in drinking laws, according to the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. The comments back a report by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. In that report, ACPOS says that it believes Scotland is a decade behind Europe with its attitude to drinking. JDW pubs sale JD Wetherspoon is reported to be close to completing the sale of 10 pubs, put on the market in October, to the London Inn Group, the privately-owned company that recently took over the Swallows Inn chain. It expects to record a £3.5m loss on the sale.