Scottish Parliament passes alcohol minimum pricing bill

By Peter Ruddick

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The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill allowing minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland
The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill allowing minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland
Alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland moved a step closer last night as the Scottish Parliament passed a bill which paves the way for the Government's preferred minimum per unit price of 50p.

The health secretary Nicola Sturgeon revealed implementation of the policy is aimed to be in place by April 2013 at the latest and said minimum pricing would end cut price alcohol and save lives in the process.

"This is a landmark moment in Scotland’s fight against alcohol misuse. Together with other measures like quantity discounts, irresponsible promotions on alcohol and our record investment of £196m to tackle alcohol misuse, I believe this will help to create the cultural shift needed to change our relationship with alcohol," she said.

Reacting to the passing of the bill, Gavin Partington, interim chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), said too much time had been devoted to minimum pricing when there were other available measures. "Questions remain about its legality and effectiveness in tackling the root causes of alcohol misuse."

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