Commenting on the publication of the second updated version of the University of Sheffield’s report on minimum unit pricing SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“Given how prescriptive and absolute the Scottish Government and other interested parties have been in terms of the supposed outcomes of a minimum unit price this latest report does little to strengthen the case for minimum pricing.
“This is the second revision of the report and the second time the assumptions which we are told to be unassailable have been diluted.
“We continue to be concerned about a number of issues arising from this bill including its impact on low income and moderate consumers, on cross-border and internet sales and on value products.
“It also remains to be seen whether this policy will result in yet another hike in license fees for our hard pressed retailers and whether it is competent under EU law.
“We welcomed 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.”