Support for minimum price plan

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Moves to introduce minimum pricing in Northern Ireland have received the backing of a leading trade association. Last week Alex Attwood, the...

Moves to introduce minimum pricing in Northern Ireland have received the backing of a leading trade association.

Last week Alex Attwood, the development minister at Stormont, proposed a range of measures to tackle alcohol related issues, including a ban on promotions.

The call mirrors some of the measures in the UK government's mandatory code of practice but goes further by suggesting a minimum price could be used to tackle cheap alcohol.

The move has been welcomed by trade group Pubs of Ulster, which has campaigned for a minimum price.

Chief executive Colin Neill said: "We accept there is a small minority of pubs which push the boundaries on drinks promotions and while this is not representative of the pub industry as a whole in Northern Ireland, we welcome the ministers' announcement which will reinforce the methods of self regulation Pubs of Ulster is already driving forward.

"We are also encouraged that the Minister has added his support to proposals to introduce minimum pricing following the recent commitment to ban below cost selling of alcohol announced by the UK government. We now hope to see legislation introduced in the near future to tackle the issue."

Plans for a minimum price have also been raised by devolved governments in Scotland and Wales but there has been little political will in Westminster.

Last week Attwood said selling alcohol at "minimal prices" encourages people to drink irresponsibly.

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