Proposals by London authorities to introduce a separate five-tiered Scores on the Doors scheme for restaurants and pubs are to be shelved, following lobbying by trade bodies. The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have succeeded in getting the food hygiene system removed from the London Local Authorities Bill. The three organisations gave evidence to the House of Lords committee on the Bill last week and criticised the five-star scoring as confusing, complicated and bureaucratic. Under the revised text, councils will only be able to enforce the national Scores on the Doors system recommended by the FSA, which is currently in consultation until mid-August. Bob Cotton, chief executive of the BHA, said: “It was an ill-though out scheme and there was no reason for it to become law in London when the FSA is still in consultation over the national Scores on the Doors initiative and they are still debating whether to have a scheme at all. “If it goes to the Commons, we may block the total Bill. “The Scottish scheme, with its pass and fail scoring is the right system, while I believe that star scoring is inappropriate for restaurants as stars are related to serviced hotel accommodation.” Nick Bish, chief executive of ALMR, said: “This is a triumph for common sense. These scoring systems offer nothing for the consumer and are a burden for business. This is also a triumph for intra-industry co-operation. It is a sign of strength that our trade associations can unite in the interests of our members.” The FSA has piloted a variety of scoring systems across the UK, with the final scheme set to either be based on a four-tiered method with outlets getting a pass rating of up to three stars or a fail, or alternatively a certificate indicating a pass or improvement required message.