Blog: Chris MercerMore sabre rattling on drinks pricing...

Chris Mercer | 7 January 2010

An influential committee of MPs in the UK is set to call for a minimum price on drinks tomorrow (Friday 8 January).

The House of Commons Health Select Committee is set to publish its long-awaited report on ways to tackle alcohol misuse and excess drinking.

In it, the industry expects a recommended GBP0.5 base price per unit of alcohol, as well as measures to restrict marketing and promotions.

The Committee spent most of 2009 gathering evidence from all sources, from health groups to industry.

While its proposals will not be legally binding, the report will put alcohol firmly back in the spotlight in the build-up to a General Election in the UK - which must take place before June.

Chris Mercer, deputy editor.


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