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WSTA response to Health Select Committee Report


Responding to today’s Health Select Committee report on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy, WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale said:
“We regret the Committee’s readiness to support minimum unit pricing when by its own admission there is a lack of evidence about the specific effects of different price levels. Given that, it must make sense for the Government to apply a “sunset clause” to minimum pricing as the Committee suggests.


“It is premature to pre-judge the impact of voluntary commitments made as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal when the evidence suggests the industry is making good progress towards fulfilling the voluntary labelling initiative and significantly reducing the quantity of alcohol units sold through the UK market.”


“We welcome the Committee’s recommendation that activity in this area should be subject to independent evaluation.”

ENDS


Notes to Editors:
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