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Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Home Department written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what comparative assessment she has made of the use in countries other than Scotland of minimum pricing for alcohol as a means of reducing consumption or tackling problem drinking;

(2) what representations she has received from organisations working with problem drinkers or alcoholics on minimum alcohol pricing;

(3) what estimate she has made of the likely change in the level of revenue to the Exchequer which would result from minimum alcohol pricing;

(4) what assessment she has made of the potential effect of minimum alcohol pricing on the cider industry;

(5) what representations she has received from cider makers and apple growers on the potential effects of minimum alcohol pricing on their income;

(6) what assessment she has made of the potential effect of minimum alcohol pricing on farm sales of cider;

(7) what assessment she has made of the likely effect on revenues for major retailers of the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing;

(8) what estimate she has made of the proportion of alcohol sales which would increase in price if a minimum alcohol unit price of 40 pence was implemented;

(9) what assessment she has made of the change in the level of alcohol consumption in each income group since 2004;

(10) what assessment she has made of the level of hazardous and binge drinking in each income group;

(11) what assessment she has made of the effect of a minimum alcohol price of 40 pence per unit on each income group.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In the forthcoming months the Government will produce an Impact Assessment that will consider the impact of minimum unit pricing on a number of key groups; including the impact on the alcohol industry as a whole, impact on the Exchequer, income groups and consumer groups. The Assessment will refer to the most recent available evidence and analysis relating to reducing consumption and tackling harmful drinking. These impacts will be measured against a range of minimum price levels.

The Government will launch a consultation in the forthcoming months on key proposals in the Alcohol Strategy, including the level to be set for a minimum unit price. We will consider representations as part of that consultation.

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