Glasgow licensees warned on happy hour ban

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Glasgow's licensing board has fired a warning shot to licensees who are flouting the city's ban on happy hours.Board chairman Gordon Macdiarmid...

Glasgow's licensing board has fired a warning shot to licensees who are flouting the city's ban on happy hours.

Board chairman Gordon Macdiarmid opened January's meeting with a warning that some premises were ignoring the drinks promotions ban and running offers behind the authority's back.

Mr Macdiarmid alleged that certain premises were flouting the ban by distributing flyers within premises and allowing barstaff to make offers to customers. If the premises persist, the board could be forced to take action, he warned.

Licensees have criticised the board's policy for being "woolly" and open to interpretation. The policy insists on "consistent daily pricing" and bans any inducement to purchase alcohol.

South Ayrshire is the only other area in Scotland currently banning promotions.

Edinburgh and Stirling were both considering introducing policies but have opted to wait until the Licensing (Scotland) Bill has been published. The Bill is expected to be heard at the end of February.

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