50p minimum unit booze price set to be backed
A 50p MINIMUM unit price for alcohol was expected to be approved by MSPS on Holyrood’s Health Committee today. Before the policy – which was delayed by a lengthy courtroom challenge
– can come in to place next month, the Scottish Parliament has to vote on the level it will be set at. Health Secretary Shona Robison previously said 50p is the “right rate” for this and members of the Health and Sport Committee were likely to give it their backing. The minimum unit price then has to be approved by the Parliament as a whole before coming into effect on May 1.
The Health Secretary has already pledged to MSPS that the minimum unit price for drink would be kept “under review”.