50p min­i­mum unit booze price set to be backed

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today -

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”.

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