19 Jul 2012
The Scotch Whisky Association today announced a legal challenge to minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland.
The Scottish Conservatives backed the Scottish Government plans, but only after securing an agreement to ensure the legislation is legally robust.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman and deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“We gave our support to minimum pricing in parliament to secure two key clauses which were not previously included.
“One was the sunset clause, which means it can be dropped if it is found not to be working, and the other was that the legislation would stand up to legal scrutiny.
“It looks like that legal scrutiny is now coming down the tracks, and I sincerely hope minimum pricing survives it.
“We are cautiously optimistic that this will save lives, but we must also ensure if it is not working, businesses in Scotland are protected too.”
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