Downing Street responds to Publican's calls for a minimum price

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The government has finally responded to the 1,000 plus people who signed a Publican petition calling for minimum pricing. As part of our Make it the...

The government has finally responded to the 1,000 plus people who signed a Publican ​petition calling for minimum pricing.

As part of our Make it the Minimum campaign 1,062 people signed an e-petition, on the 10 Downing Street website, backing the introduction of a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

The petition was designed to highlight cheap deals in the off-trade and show that pubs already sell alcohol at responsible prices.

In response, the coalition said it has no firm plans for a minimum price but is "committed" to banning below-cost supermarket alcohol sales.

The response states: "There are no plans to implement a minimum unit price at this time. The government is concerned about the impact of low-cost alcohol on consumption levels and alcohol related crime and disorder. To tackle this we are committed to banning the sale of alcohol below cost-price.

"In addition, as part of the government's commitment to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder, we will undertake a wider review of alcohol taxation and pricing to ensure that it tackles binge drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers, pubs and important local industries.

"We cannot prejudge the outcomes of this review, and therefore will not make any further commitments regarding alcohol pricing until the results are published."

Prime Minister David Cameron has previously indicated support for local minimum price schemes, while the SNP wants to introduce a 45p tariff north of the border.

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