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Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had on the possibility of making an order under the Competition Act 1998 to allow minimum pricing of alcohol for exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy. (198425)

The Government are looking carefully at ways to reduce alcohol related harm. In this context, Ministers have been discussing a number of potential policy options, including the possibility of action relating to alcohol pricing. Making an exclusion order under the Competition Act remains one of the possible available measures for consideration.