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Comment on Minimum Unit Pricing

Published: 23 Dec 2015 10:57

Response to ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"This ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union indicates, importantly, that it will be for the domestic courts to take a final decision on minimum unit pricing.

"While we must await the final outcome of this legal process, the Scottish Government remains certain that minimum unit pricing is the right measure for Scotland. We believe it is the most effective mechanism for tackling alcohol misuse and reducing the harm that cheap, high-strength alcohol causes our communities.

"We maintain that minimum unit pricing would target heavy drinkers as they tend to drink the cheap, high strength alcohol that will be most affected by the policy.

"The case will now continue to the Scottish courts, and we look forward to a hearing in the new year to determine the outcome in this case."