Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

Home Office written question – answered on 31st October 2017.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Labour/Co-operative, Birmingham, Edgbaston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of establishing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Public Health England's evidence review of the public health burden of alcohol and the cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies presents strong international evidence to show that price-based interventions can be effective in reducing levels of consumption and the harms associated with alcohol

The introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing in England and Wales remains under review pending the outcome of the legal case between the Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Government, and the impact of the implementation of this policy in Scotland.

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