SNP Says Few Back Labour Plans for Drink Price
The First Minister of Scotland has defended minimum pricing proposals for alcohol, as it was revealed that Labour’s alternative plans have won little support. Alex Sammond said the 45 pence per unit minimum price was “appropriate” when tackled on the issue during First Ministers Questions. The measures would raise the price of the cheapest alcohol on supermarket shelves if the legislation is passed by Parliament. Nationalist MSP Joe Fitzpatrick claimed the alternative options set out by Labour’s Alcohol Commission were poorly received. Mr Fitzpatrick said 45 of the 80 respondents to the commission were in favour of minimum pricing. Another 23 did not express a preference and 12 – mostly drinks manufacturers – backed Labour’s proposals that a price limit on the sale of alcohol should be brought in across the UK.