Scottish health committee split on minimum price

27 May, 2010

Members of the Scottish Parliament health and sport committee are divided over the effectiveness of per unit minimum pricing in controlling alcohol misuse.

Members of the Scottish Parliament health and sport committee are divided over the effectiveness of minimum pricing in controlling alcohol misuse.

But the committee has allowed the Alcohol Bill in which the measures are contained, to move to the second stage of its passage through Parliament, in the interests of further debate on the issue.

Some members of the committee had “fundamental reservations” about key elements of the Bill, it says in its report, published this morning.

The committee urges the Scottish Executive to specify what at level it would set the minimum price for alcohol.

Committee convenor Christine Grahame said: “The committee conducted detailed scrutiny of all elements of the Bill.

“Although we could not reach a consensus on the proposal for minimum unit pricing and other aspects of the Bill, all members agreed that the scale of the alcohol problem in Scotland is such that it must be addressed.”




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