23 Oct 2012

Faster effective date wanted for liquor bill

7:41 am on 23 October 2012

Labour MP Phil Twyford is pushing for a late change to the Alcohol Reform Bill, to allow councils to exercise their new powers a lot faster.

Under the current legislation, Mr Twyford said it would be at least 16 months before councils could put their new local alcohol policies in place.

The policies allow them to control the number and location of liquor outlets, and their opening hours.

The bill is back before Parliament on Tuesday afternoon for the stage during which changes can be made.

Mr Twyford said he will be pushing for councils to be able to put the policies in place within seven months.