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Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012


Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012

The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It introduces a statutory minimum price for alcohol, initially 50p per unit, as an element in the programme to counter alcohol problems.

The Act was passed with the support of the Scottish National Party, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens. The opposition Labour Party refused to support the legislation because the Act failed to claw back an estimated £125m windfall profit from alcohol retailers.[1] The Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm, the former Minister for Health and Community Care, disobeyed his party's whip and supported the government.

A legal challenge to the minimum pricing legislation failed at the Court of Session. The Scotch Whisky Association, the Confédération Européenne des Producteurs de Spiritueux and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins intend to appeal the judgement. As of April 2014 the act is still not implemented, with a legal challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association being referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union by the Court of Session.[2]

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External links

  • Text of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
  • Minimum Pricing at the Scottish Government website
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