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SGF Responds to Finance Committee Report on Minimum Pricing

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Finance Committee’s report on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said: 

“The report acknowledges many of the concerns raised by SGF including the impact the legislation will have on low income consumers, sales, jobs and the proliferation in cross border and internet sales which could result from the policy. 

“However, on the issue of a potential increase in the licensing fee, we believe that any such increase would be an intolerable imposition and any additional costs should be met by the Scottish Government and not retailers.

“We welcome the Finance Committee’s recommendations that there should be an on-going evaluation of the impact of the legislation once enacted. 

“SGF will be closely monitoring whether these highly exacting projections do indeed turn out to be fact or fiction.”