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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02208
Asked by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 12 August 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any profits made by the alcohol industry following the implementation of minimum unit pricing.

Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 27 August 2021


Answer

Public Health Scotland is leading the comprehensive evaluation of minimum unit pricing which is a five year programme, with a final evaluation report due in 2023. The evaluation includes assessing the impact of minimum unit pricing on the alcohol industry in Scotland. It is too early in the evaluation to say anything definitive about the impact on producers and retailers. However, an initial qualitative assessment, Evaluating the impacts on the alcoholic drinks industry Report , found that, overall, effects on retailer revenue and prices are small as increased margins have compensated for decreased volumes, and the effect on producer revenues and profitability is negative but small. A final report, which will analyse quantitative data, is due in 2022.