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16th January 2023

BBPA responds to Home Office consultation on spiking 

The BBPA has today responded to the Home Office’s targeted consultation on proposed changes to Licensing Act guidance, that aims to prevent incidents of drink spiking at licensed venues.  

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: 

“Tackling drink spiking, is an important issue and one that our members take extremely seriously as part of their wider responsibility to ensure pubs are safe and welcoming spaces for customers and team members, and we support incorporation of drinks spiking within this guidance. 

“However, any measures introduced to prevent incidents and to support victims must be based on actual evidence, so that they are both effective and proportionate. Partnership working, staff training, and customer awareness are key and more effective than imposing general conditions on all venues, which we would not support at this point.” 


For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199   

Notes to editors:   

About the British Beer & Pub Association     
The BBPA represents UK companies which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs.   

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.    

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.    

·                     The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs   

·                     The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year 


Press release from the BBPA.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199.