Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Home Department written question – answered on 24th March 2014.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what steps she is taking to introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT;

(2) what steps she is taking to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England and Wales;

(3) what recent discussions she has had with the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland on a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

Minimum unit pricing remains a policy under active consideration but is on hold while we assess the response of industry to our alcohol strategy, which we have indicated we expect to be a positive one. In the meantime we are introducing a ban on alcohol sales below the cost of duty plus VAT from April 2014. This fulfils the coalition Government's commitment and will stop the worst cases of very cheap and harmful alcohol sales.

Home Office Ministers have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues and others as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

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