Liberal-Democrat culture spokesman Don Foster wants police and local authorities to be given greater powers to crack down on "rogue" pubs and clubs who flout the law. He said that new powers brought in by the Government to tackle binge-drinking had led to only one prosecution in four years - and even that proved unsuccessful. Figures also showed that only 11 landlords have been prosecuted each year since 1997 for allowing "drunken or riotous behaviour". Mr Foster claimed binge drinking was now out of control. He said plans for longer pub opening hours should be put on hold until the police and local authorities had greater powers. The Sunday Times 12/02/05 page 2

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