Improving Scotland’s Health: Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol

Closed 26 Jan 2018

Opened 1 Dec 2017

Overview

This consultation document sets out information relating to Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol, and the Scottish Government’s preferred price of 50 pence per unit of alcohol. 

Why We Are Consulting

A consultation is being held to gather views from people, businesses, public bodies and interested parties about the Scottish Government’s preferred price of 50 pence per unit of alcohol.  The Scottish Parliament passed legislation in 2012 which allows the Scottish Ministers to introduce a system of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol.  The legislation was then challenged in court and that has delayed its implementation.  On 15 November 2017, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that the legislation which allows Minimum Unit Pricing to be introduced is lawful.  

Download the consultation paper.

What Happens Next

The consultation responses will be used to inform the refreshed Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) which will accompany the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument when it is laid in the Scottish Parliament.  The BRIA plays an important role in explaining the impact of our legislation, so it is vital that it is up to date.

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Health and Social Care