Minimum Pricing Rejected By Scottish Parliament
10 Nov 2010
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has consistently argued that
minimum pricing would be illegal and ineffective in addressing
misuse, whilst significantly damaging one of Scotland's key
The Association calls on all parties now to work together on
alternative UK tax-based measures to address concerns over the
pricing of certain drinks. This can be achieved through early
reform of the excise duty system and the introduction of a UK-wide
ban on alcohol sales below tax.
Gavin Hewitt, SWA Chief Executive, said:
"The Scottish Parliament is to be congratulated. MSPs have
looked carefully at the evidence rather than listening to the
rhetoric on minimum pricing.
"Now that minimum pricing has been rejected, we call on all
parties to come together to build consensus around alternative,
more effective, legal tax-based measures to address alcohol misuse.
Reform of the UK excise duty system so that all alcohol is taxed on
a fair and responsible basis, according to alcohol content, offers