Alcohol Commission Right To Reject Minimum Pricing
31 May 2010
Scotch Whisky drinkers currently pay 250% more duty per unit of
alcohol than cider drinkers. The duty on whisky is 37% greater than
beer and 30% higher than wine.
By progressively moving to an equitable system where all drinks
are taxed at the same rate, the Government could generate more than
£1 billion a year extra revenue according to independent analysis
commissioned by the Association.
Gavin Hewitt, SWA Chief Executive, said: "Excise duty reform is
long overdue. It could bring significant extra revenue for
Government. Combined with a ban on sales below tax to set a legal
'floor price' for alcohol, duty reform could also address concerns
at low priced drinks on a UK-wide basis."
The Association welcomed the Scottish Labour party's scepticism
of a proposal to restrict alcohol sponsorship and advertising,
saying such a move would damage local community groups, tourism,
and important support for many cultural and sporting events.
A suggestion that alcoholic drinks should not be served at
Scottish Government or
Parliamentary functions was dismissed by the Association, which
said that Scotch Whisky should be showcased as a premium Scottish
product at such events.