More freedom to buy and sell bread and wine
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Issued on 04 January
2011 - BIS
Regulations banning the sale
of different unwrapped bread sizes and small measures of wine are set
to be scrapped, Science Minister David Willetts confirmed today.
Current laws restrict bakers
to producing loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes while licensed
premises are limited to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures.
These rules were aimed at
protecting consumers but have not taken account of changes to trade
practice or consumer demand in recent years. The Government plans to
update the rules to introduce greater flexibility and to scrap those
that are no longer needed.
current regulations unwrapped bread weighing more than 300g must be
made up in quantities of 400g or multiples of it.
Wine cannot be sold in
measures less than 125ml while beer must be sold in thirds, halves or
multiples of half-pints. Fortified wine must be sold in the same
quantities as normal wine.
Under the government’s
changes, premises will be able to sell wine in measures under 75ml,
beers can be sold in ‘schooners’ which are two-thirds of a pint while
fortified wine will be sold in smaller sizes of 50ml and 70ml.
Fixed sizes for unwrapped
bread will be scrapped so bakers will be free to innovate.
Science Minister David
“This is exactly the sort of
unnecessary red tape the government wants to remove.
“No pub or restaurant should
break the law by selling a customer a sample of wine.
“We have listened to
consumers and businesses. They have called for fixed quantities to be
kept but with greater flexibility. That is what this change will
“We are freeing businesses
so they can innovate and create new products to meet the demands of
A Statutory Instrument
introducing these changes will be laid before Parliament during the
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-01-06 11:53:02 in Business Articles