Member’s alcohol bill seeks bans and targets caffeine

LABOUR Party spokesperson on public health Dr Richard Simpson has launched another attempt to ban caffeinated alcohol drinks, like Buckfast and some alcoholic energy drinks, in a Member’s Bill that’s said to be the biggest ever introduced to the Scottish Parliament.


His Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill seeks, among many other measures, to: ban alcoholic drinks containing caffeine above a regulated level; tighten up on pricing of alcohol multipacks; give licensing boards the power to set mandatory container marking conditions on off-sales; extend community involvement in licensing applications; introduce drink banning orders on individuals to protect others
from criminal or disorderly conduct; ban alcohol advertising close to schools; and extend alcohol advertising restrictions in off-sales.

A Member’s Bill, once  introduced to the Scottish Parliament, is subject to the same three-stage scrutiny procedure as Executive Bills that are introduced by the Scottish Government.