Alcohol: Impact on Accident and Emergency Services — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 3:15 pm, 21st January 2015

My Lords, we have taken a strong policy on taxation in recent years, particularly to reduce the availability of cheap, strong alcohol. Since the 2010 general election, duties on spirits have risen by more than 18%, which is well above RPI, and on wine by more than 21%, again well above RPI. We have also introduced a ban on the sale of below-cost alcohol, which should stop the worst cases of cheap and discounted alcohol sales.