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CAMRA is relaunching its long-running campaign to ensure that drinkers get the full pints they've paid for.

In connection with the campaign, Dennis Turner M.P. has tabled a Parliamentary motion expressing concern at the government's current proposals that a pint of beer be defined as "not less than 95% liquid". The trouble with such a definition is that Trading Standards normally allow a 5% tolerance so a 90% "pint" would then become acceptable in law.

Current estimates are that short measure costs consumers over 400 million annually. 8 out of 10 pints contain less than 100% liquid and 1 in 4 have less than 95%. The situation isn't helped by some unscrupulous pub companies who demand that their managers get so much beer out of each barrel that they can only achieve the targets by serving short.

CAMRA believes that the law should be changed so that publicans are made responsible for serving a full liquid pint every time. Ah, but what about the head on the pint, you might ask? No problem at all, if over-sized lined glasses are used; the liquid comes up to the line and the head sits happily on top of it.

A very few pubs in our area (e.g. The Waggon and Horses Milton and The Free Press Cambridge employ such glasses and, of course, we wouldn't use anything else at our own Beer Festivals.

In the meantime, if you are served short measure, make sure you ask the bar person for a top-up, which should be given with good grace. If you have any problems anywhere getting satisfaction, please let us know.

You can also write to your local M.P. at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or join our campaign on-line.

Should you want to contact Trading Standards you'll find the address elsewhere in this newsletter.


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