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Government appoints minister for pubs

Wentworth MP John Healey has been given the task of heading up a strategy to help save Britain’s pubs. Last week, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said the rate of pub closures had slowed from 52 a week in the first half of 2009 to 39 a week. Healey, also housing and planning minister, is to head a task force of five ministers who will draw up a plan to help pubs. The BBPA hailed the decision as “great news” and a “clear sign” that its campaigns, Axe the Tax and I’m Backing the Pub, had had an impact. Good idea? [...]

Tough new drinks code to take effect on April 6

Pubs and club owners who breach the code could face extra conditions, losing their licences, fines of up to £20,000 and even six months in prison. The new mandatory conditions, to be published today, include: • A ban on “irresponsible” promotions such as “all you can drink for £10”, women- drink-free deals, speed drinking competitions and “dentist’s chairs”. • Ensuring free tap water is available. • Ensuring all those who sell alcohol check the ID of anyone who looks under 18. • Ensuring establishments make available a choice between a single and double measure of spirits and a small and large glass of wine. However [...]

CAMRA Membership tops 100,000

As the Great British Beer Festival opens its doors at Earls Court, CAMRA today announced that it’s membership numbers had reached the milestone of 100,000 members. To mark the occasion every 100th visitor to the five day event will be given a voucher for a free pint of beer. Mike Benner, CAMRA chief executive, said: “We are overjoyed at reaching 100,000 members, brought together by our passion for great British beer and community pubs. “But while we may relax and raise a glass or two to celebrate at the opening of the Great British Beer Festival today, we are not complacent and [...]