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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
(1) pursuant to the oral answer by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Lincoln of 11 September 2012, Official Report, column 125, on beer duty, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Health, (b) Scotland and (c) the Home Department regarding the setting of a minimum unit price for alcohol;
(2) what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Scottish Government regarding minimum unit pricing of alcohol.
Treasury Ministers and officials have discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. The cross-Government Alcohol Strategy was published in March 2012. This included a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol alongside other key measures to reduce the harms caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Government Departments continue to engage on these issues in advance of a Government consultation on the alcohol strategy in the autumn. The Government continue to engage with the Scottish Government on the issue of minimum unit pricing.