News Introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol Expected in Wales

Welsh Assembly expect a minimum pricing legislation within the next 12 months.

“Scotland saw their proposal to introduce minimum pricing scrutinised by the European Courts of Justice. The decision was that ‘The effect of the Scottish legislation is significantly to restrict the market, and this might be avoided by the introduction of a tax measure designed to increase the price of alcohol, instead of the measure imposing a minimum price per unit of alcohol’.  The matter was referred to the UK Supreme Court.
 
Subject to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Welsh Government have confirmed that they intend to follow suit and also introduce a bill for minimum pricing.
 
The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected this summer. We will keep you updated.”

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