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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent 11:30 am, 27th March 2012

The Department’s latest estimate shows that alcohol misuse costs the NHS £3.5 billion every year. Will the Secretary of State now champion a 50p minimum unit price? That would save more than 3,000 lives a year, rather than 1,000 a year, which is what his public health responsibility deal is expected to secure.