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We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A.

We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A .
The Scottish Licensed Trade Association is the leading trade body representing the independent licensed trade in Scotland and has advocated the introduction of minimum retail pricing controls for alcohol for nearly 50 years. The introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol sales within the entire licensed trade industry gives a universal standard of responsibility for all sectors to adhere to. Whilst the level of 50p per unit will have no effect on prices within the retail on-trade sector, this only reflects the on-trade’s already responsible retail pricing practices for alcohol. The SLTA fully supports that a minimum unit price for alcohol should be linked to the alcoholic strength of the product and notes that the minimum price set has to be proportionate to the problem. There was a great deal of debate in the past on what the minimum unit price should be set at initially and the SLTA was, and continues to be of the opinion, that a 50p per unit minimum price seems a reasonable amount to encourage safe responsible consumption across all sections of society. In terms of the practicalities of introducing the 50p per unit price, we see no major issues with this. The success of implementation of a minimum unit price of 50p per unit for alcohol will be in the clarity and ease of understanding the calculation to both the public and the retailer as well as the reasons for introducing such a measure. Already we hear concerns that that there will be increased revenue for the alcohol industry, particularly those who sell the most: supermarkets. In our opinion this is not an issue and if necessary the re-introduction of the Public Health Levy (Tesco Tax) will redress the balance in any increased revenues to this sector.

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