Minimum Unit Pricing

Assessing change: what are the odds the Lords' Licensing Act proposals will happen?

Lords’ Licensing Act Review: what are the odds for change?

By Claire Churchard

It’s more than a month since The House of Lords select committee published proposals for a “major overhaul” of the 2003 Licensing Act. But how many of the Lords’ recommendations are likely to be implemented by the next Government?

Supermarkets give licensing act evidence on pre-loading


Supermarkets claim 'no evidence' of weekend pre-loading

By Liam Coleman

A representative of Waitrose has said that the company sees “no evidence” of pre-loading at the House of Lords review of the Licensing Act 2003, which also saw a representative of Sainsbury’s give similar evidence.

Proposals backed: minimum unit pricing given the go ahead in Scotland


Scotland backs minimum alcohol pricing

By Nicholas Robinson

Minimum alcohol pricing plans have been backed by the Scottish courts, to the dismay of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), which slammed the move.

Minimum unit pricing plans stopped by European law

Minimum unit pricing plans halted by European law

By Jessica Mason

The campaign to bring in minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has suffered a blow after EU judges ruled the Scottish government's plans to introduce such a scheme is contrary to European law.

Scottish minimum unit pricing would infringe EU free trade

Bitter blow for Scottish minimum unit pricing plans

By Minimum pricing

The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing have suffered a bitter blow after the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice said the move infringed EU rules on free trade.

Alcohol minimum pricing: the industry responds

Alcohol minimum pricing: the industry responds

The Government has proposed a minimum price for alcohol of 45p per unit in a consultation on its Alcohol Strategy. Here are the reactions from key people in the pub trade and beyond.

Rural tradition: Farmhouse cider is under threat from alcohol minimum pricing

Act now to Save our Scrumpy

By Pete Brown

If we care about rural traditions then we should all act now to save our farmhouse cider-making industry, argues Pete Brown.

Treasury questions No 10 alcohol minimum price push

Treasury questions No 10 alcohol minimum price push

High-ranking Treasury officials have admitted that there are questions over the legality of David Cameron’s plans for a minimum alcohol unit pricing policy, according to drinks industry sources.