Motion S5M-05096: Minimum Pricing

22 Apr 2017

That the Parliament welcomes calls from a House of Lords select committee for the introduction of UK-wide minimum unit pricing for alcohol if it proves to be successful in Scotland; understands that, in spite of support for minimum pricing coming from a wide range of organisations, such as health professionals, the police, alcohol charities, Tennents and other sections of the drinks industry, the Act that was passed in 2012 has still not come in to force due to ongoing legal challenges from the Scotch Whisky Association; believes that this highlights the interest with which the rest of the UK and countries further afield are viewing minimum pricing in Scotland, and reiterates its support for this policy which it hopes will lead to a significant reduction in problem drinking across Scotland.