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Alcohol: Pricing

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of introducing a policy of minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks, what measures they are considering in that regard; and what impact such measures might have on (a) reducing public disorder, and (b) limiting damage to health caused by over-consumption of alcohol. [HL1226]

In December 2008, the department published an independent review of the effects of alcohol pricing and promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. The review estimated the effects on crime and health of a range of options including the impact of different levels of minimum unit price.

A copy of the publication, Independent Review of the Effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, has already been placed in the Library.

We continue to look at how we can tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol, while respecting the rights of responsible consumers. The Government have said they will commission further research in this area.