Courtto ruleon al­co­hol pric­ing

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

The UK’s high­est court is to rule on a chal­lenge over plans to use min­i­mum pric­ing for al­co­hol to im­prove pub­lic health in Scot­land.

Seven Supreme Court jus­tices will an­nounce their find­ings today af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ment from the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­a­tion that min­i­mum unit pric­ing is “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” and il­le­gal un­der Euro­pean law.

The le­gal wran­gle over the pro­pos­als be­gan in 2012 and has de­layed im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pol­icy aimed at tack­ling Scot­land’s drink prob­lem.

Scot­tish min­is­ters have pre­pared a draft order spec­i­fy­ing a min­i­mum price per unit of 50p, but nei­ther the 2012 Act nor the order have been brought into force pend­ing the out­come of the le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

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