Distillers Welcome Minimum Price Vote
22 Sep 2010
The vote at stage two of the legislative process is the second
time the minimum price proposal has been defeated in a Scottish
Parliamentary vote and underlines its lack of political support in
Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of The Scotch Whisky Association,
"Today's Committee vote sends the clearest of signals that it is
time to build consensus around alternative, more effective
tax-based measures at a UK level to address alcohol misuse.
"Scotch Whisky distillers welcome the Opposition parties'
recognition that minimum pricing would be ineffective and illegal.
Minimum pricing would not address alcohol harm in Scotland but
would cause significant damage to Scotch Whisky at home and
"There is a strong case for root and branch reform of the UK
excise duty system so that all alcohol is taxed on a fair and
responsible basis, according to alcohol content, with a legal
'floor price' introduced by banning sales below tax."