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SGF Responds to Health Committee Report on Minimum Pricing

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

“This balanced report is not the ringing endorsement the Scottish Government could have expected given its majority on the Committee.

“The report fairly and accurately reflects the genuine and legitimate concerns from a wide range of individuals and organisations including the impact on low income and moderate drinkers, cross-border and internet sales and the legality of the policy. 

“SGF remains sceptical about the effectiveness and proportionality of minimum pricing and about some of the practical implications of the policy such as a possible increase in the licence fee to pay for additional support to pay for its enforcement."

A copy of the report can be accessed here