Public hearings to be held on Liquor Amendment Bill

08 Sep 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy will conduct public hearings countrywide on the Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016.
The hearing will be conducted between 16 and 29 September 2016.
The Bill was passed in the National Council (NC) and referred to the committee on 01 August 2016 for review, scrutiny and consultation with relevant stakeholders.
The Bill will, among others, amend the Liquor Act of 1998 so as to provide for the issuing of licences to establishments within a prescribed distance in the vicinity of certain areas and the inclusion of residential premises and hospitals as an additional factor to be taken into account when considering a licence application.
It also seeks to provide for the regulation of the selling of alcohol in retail outlets linked to petrol and diesel service stations outside the prescribed hours.
The committee will conduct the public hearings on provisions of the Bill to investigate its implications and report its findings and recommendations to the NC.
It will also scrutinise previous reports dealing with the Liquor Act of 1998.
A report is expected to be presented to the NC by 20 October 2016.