MP urges talks on cheap booze deals

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MP John Grogan has invited the bosses of the big four supermarkets to discuss the issue of cheap drinks deals. So far, 84 MPs have signed Grogan's...

MP John Grogan has invited the bosses of the big four supermarkets to discuss the issue of cheap drinks deals.

So far, 84 MPs have signed Grogan's Early Day Motion, which decries supermarkets for "exacerbating the problem of binge-drinking" and calls for an end to "irresponsible promotions". High-profile supporters include Liberal Democrat spokesman Don Foster.

As chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Grogan has asked bosses from Asda, Tesco, Morrsions and Sainsbury's to attend its executive committee meeting on 18 April to discuss the issue.

He believes the four big players are already sweating it out in fear of the current Competition Commission inquiry into supermarket buying power and that pressure must be sustained.

"I am urging supermarkets and off-licences to follow the example of pubs and act to end irresponsible drinks promotions, and agree not to use alcohol as a loss leader on their premises," said Grogan.

"A few years ago it was ingrained in British life that there would be a line of pubs and clubs enticing people in with promotions such as a £10 all-you-can-drink offer.

"This is now very much on the fringe, but supermarkets have continued to ignore the issue of a robust code on

promotions."

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