Late night drinking (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I think this is an area where Londoners would really like to see progress and partnership between GLA, boroughs, the MPS, and so on, and I am sure that every Member around this table has anecdotes and detailed work on problem areas in this respect.

Now, I welcome what you have said so far about strategies and frameworks. I was wondering if that included work on Capital Standards and anti-social behaviour strategies. It may well be that there is a further challenge here in the relationship with GOL. Can you give us a timescale on which we might actually see some progress in more effective working on binge-drinking issues in town centres in London?

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Answer for Late night drinking (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Late night drinking (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We have got the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance, which I established back in 2002, which has worked to drive this agenda forward, and we are also in a position where the Government's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy was published about six months ago. Now, that is calling for greater use of fixed-penalty notices, anti-social behaviour orders, and the use of community support officers. Then, there is the London Agenda for Action on Alcohol, which we published in February, targeting the reduction of alcohol-related crime.

Now, we have two committees that bring together the boroughs, the police, the Government, and our own agencies to look at these two problems. I had reports on both of them at the Integration Unit meeting on Monday, and would be happy to let you have copies of those about what we are taking forward. I do think the pure problem we have with this is that the situation in, say, Sutton or Richmond is going to be totally different from that in Westminster or Kensington or parts of Camden and Islington, and therefore, whilst it is a London-wide strategy, the way in which it is applied must be totally different in each borough. This is just one area where I do think boroughs locally will need to lead and make absolutely clear what they are doing.

The experience we get out of the study we have done on managing the night-time economy, the 24-Hour City Study, will be very relevant to parts of the core of London and may even be relevant, in very small parts of some of the bigger suburban town centres, but will not have a wider application than that.