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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on public order of supermarkets selling alcohol at cost price. (168115)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Government published their National Alcohol Strategy ‘Safe.Sensible.Social’ in June 2007. This strategy sets out how the Government plan to achieve significant reductions in the harms and cost of alcohol misuse over the next 10 years. The Government have commissioned an independent review which will look at the relationship between alcohol price, promotion and harm. This review will look at in what circumstances, price, (including discounting, advertising and other forms of promotion) drives overall consumption of alcohol and problem drinking in particular. This review is expected to report in July 2008, and following public consultation, the Government will consider the need for regulatory change if necessary.