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Scottish MPs have agreed that minimum alcohol pricing could be scrapped after six years if the policy fails.

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A bill outlining the law has passed the second of three parliamentary hurdles after being introduced by the ruling Scottish National Party. But, the party has agreed to a “sunset clause” put forward by the Conservatives, as part of a deal between the two sides.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Government's Health Secretary, told the Health and Sport committee: "The sunset clause is a response to concerns from some members that minimum testing hasn't been tried elsewhere. I think that is a perfectly reasonable and legitimate position to take."

Jackson Carlaw, the Conservative MSP who suggested the clause, said his party remained “sceptical” about minimum pricing.

But, he added: “By securing this exit clause it means the project can be properly rolled out and evaluated at a later stage. If it is found not to be working, that means we can drop it without being stuck with measures that are unpopular and unworkable."

The Bill is a second attempt by the SNP to introduce minimum pricing in Scotland after defeat in 2010 when it was a minority administration. 

The government has yet to confirm what the unit price will be, but research has suggested that GBP0.45 (US$0.73) is the most likely.


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