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Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1749, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce minimum unit pricing for sales of alcohol in England.

Answered on

6 March 2020

No formal assessment has been made of the report by NHS Health Scotland on minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol. The Scottish Government is taking forward a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of introducing MUP. The Scottish legislation also includes a sunset clause and the Scottish Government are required to present a report on the impact of MUP to their Parliament five years after implementation which will be published in 2023.

There are no plans for the introduction of MUP in England. The Government will continue to monitor the progress of MUP in Scotland and will consider available evidence of its impact, including the report by NHS Scotland.

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