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Price measures not on the level

Latest uproar over drinks pricing reveals a poor grasp of current law When the Scottish Mail on Sunday carried a two-page “special report” under the …

Battle over adult clubs on the way

Scottish Government’s proposals could face legal challenge SANDRA White has demonstrated really remarkable tenacity in her crusade against lap dancing clubs. …

Know the score on drinks promos

Some deals are acceptable under law, others are a step too far It’s a full five years since the first controls on alcohol promotions were introduced, so you …

Consolidation of legislation needed

Failure to comprehend the law could land operators in trouble IMAGINE a criminal trial where it seemed no one in the court knew the law – or at least the …

Clarity needed on fit and proper test

Boards shouldn’t base licensing decisions on vague intelligence In my column a couple of months ago I looked at two proposals in the Air Weapons and Alcohol …

A fact-based take on alcohol, please

Will health licensing role bring a more balanced approach to objections? WHEN Scotland’s largest health board launches a campaign against the availability of …

Not appearing as billed?

AS the fourth piece of alcohol licensing legislation to be drafted in nine years, there were high hopes for the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland)

Elements of Bill a cause for concern

Fit and proper test could be operated with ‘worrying elasticity’ By Jack Cummins WE might have been expecting some sort of tidy up exercise: in the last …

Trade deserves seat at the table

Licensing group needs representatives from all sides By Jack Cummins “HEALTH specialists angered at being left off licensing hours review” – it’s the …

An Epic case of trade injustice

There should be a greater focus on youngsters who break the law By Jack Cummins CONNIVING underage youngsters who commit the offence of purchasing alcohol …