MPs open to higher drinking age of 20
By Derek Cheng
4:00 AM Saturday Apr 24, 2010

If Parliament held a conscience vote today on changing the purchase age of alcohol, it would probably retain the status quo at 18 - although plenty of MPs are open to persuasion.

In 2006, Parliament voted 72-49 to leave the purchase age at 18.

That vote would be 47-32 if the MPs still in the House voted the same as they did then. Most of the 43 other MPs are awaiting the Law Commission's report on Tuesday before deciding where they stand on the issue.

Of those who responded to Herald inquiries, five were in favour of the status quo, five wanted the age raised to 20 or a split age (18 in bars, 20 at supermarkets), and 20 were undecided.

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