UK Government shelves MUP
17 Jul 2013
UK Government Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne has told MPs
that minimum unit pricing of alcohol will remain under
consideration but will not be taken forward at this time. A ban on
sales below duty and Vat is being introduced no later than spring
2014 in England and Wales.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association,
"We are pleased that the UK Government is not pushing ahead with
minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol. It is right to focus on
reducing alcohol misuse through legal and more effective measures,
including a ban on below cost sales based on tax in England and
Wales - a measure we have been calling for - and working in
partnership with the industry.
"We, and many other parties, have consistently said that MUP
breaches European Union law, is ineffective as it does not reduce
the number of harmful and hazardous drinkers while pushing up
prices for the overwhelming majority of responsible, moderate
consumers and would damage the Scotch Whisky industry and therefore
the wider economy.
"Several EU member states and the European Commission have
expressed grave concerns about the legality and effectiveness of
the proposals for MUP in Scotland which we will continue to