House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for the Home Office

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to motion 599 passed at the British Medical Association conference supporting the introduction of a minimum price for a unit of alcohol; and what calculation they have made of the impact on hospital admissions and the annual saving to the National Health Service of a minimum alcohol unit price of 50p.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government acknowledge the recent motion by the British Medical Association.

Government will look to develop further evidence in this area with a view to identifying proposals for actions, which reduce irresponsible, harmful and or binge drinking without impacting unduly on the majority of responsible drinkers.

The department commissioned an independent review on the effects of alcohol pricing and promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. The Part A report "Systematic review of the evidence" and Part B, "Modelling the potential impact of pricing and promotion policies for alcohol in England: Results from the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model" were published in full in December 2008, and were placed in the Library.

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