Local government co-ordinator Lacors is set to bow to industry pressure and prevent kids from lying as part of test-purchasing raids on retailers suspected of selling alcohol to kids.
Retailers have been infuriated by a Home Office suggestion that kids, when conducting test purchases, should be allowed to lie when questioned by retailers about their age in order to make the situation more realistic.
However, the Lacors draft code of conduct on test purchasing states kids should not lie, use fake ID or dress to look older than they are.
A spokeswoman said its board was considering whether or not there were any alternative solutions. Lacors will announce the final recommendations that it will submit to the Home Office on March 31.
An ACS spokesman said that it welcomed the policy. He said it was an issue that required “a firm line drawn in the sand”.