DCMS and DEFRA opposed free tapwater law

By John Harrington

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Tap water: pubs must provide it free of charge to customers
Tap water: pubs must provide it free of charge to customers
Two Government departments opposed the requirement for pubs to provide free tap water to customers, as proposed by the last Government.

Two Government departments — including the one responsible for licensing — opposed the requirement for pubs to provide free tap water to customers, as proposed by the last government.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs believed that the proposal — contained in the controversial mandatory code, implemented earlier this year — was unneccessary.

That news, which came from a Freedom of Information request, was revealed by MP Jane Ellison during the debate on the Future of Pubs in Parliament this afternoon.

The legislation was formed by the Home Office.

"Although the Department of Health backed the idea, the DCMS objected particularly because it veered into public health areas and was therefore inappropriate," said Ellison, who represents Battersea in London.

She quoted the DCMS response that said: "This is not proportionate, we need to see evidence this is neccessary."

Ellison said a licensee in her constituency labelled the free water measure "unwanted and costly".

The MP revealed that she had "grave concerns" about Brulines beer flow monitoring equipment after speaking to Enterprise licensee David Hall of the Eagle Ale House in her constituency.

She said local trading standards "also have concerns" about the systems.

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