Letter from ministers
Hospitality groups say ‘lip service’ paid to concerns
Paul Waterson: ‘eagerly awaiting this response’
Hospitality groups pursuing legal action against the Scottish government accused ministers of paying “lip service” to their proposals as they were handed a response to their concerns just four minutes before a deadline was due to expire.
The Scottish Beer & Pub Association, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, UKHospitality (Scotland), the Scottish Hospitality Group and the Night Time Industries Association Scotland jointly served a pre-action letter on ministers last week.
It challenged the legal basis of recent restrictive legislation relating to the hospitality sector passed by the Scottish Parliament.
The letter followed receipt of an Opinion by prominent legal expertAidan O’Neill QC advising that a Judicial Review of the current restrictions would be warranted.