31 Jul 2012

New rules for RTDs in alcohol legislation

8:54 pm on 31 July 2012

Justice Minister Judith Collins says more changes are being made to the Alcohol Reform Bill, including new rules for the sale of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks.

The bill tightens the rules for liquor outlets' licences and trading hours, and includes a conscience vote on the purchase age.

Ms Collins says it will come back to the House in the next few weeks, after arrangements have been made for how MPs will vote on various parts of the bill.

She says final changes are still being made to the bill, including for ready to drink beverages, known as RTDs.

The Government had planned to stop off-licences selling pre-mixed drinks containing more than 6% alcohol and one-and-a-half standard drinks per container, but Ms Collins says that provision will be made more flexible.