In Scotland, minimum prices for alcohol will be imposed on a trial basis, as a part of recent controversial plans over this issue. A ‘sunset clause’ is being introduced in the city with an aim to reduce the excessive drinking. This clause has been offered by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon and the same will test those controversial plans with this.
Also, the MSPs can vote for not keeping the plan and can also revamp the minimum pricing policy after a specific duration of time, which has not been decided yet. This offer was made after discussions with the opposition parties that were opposing these minimum price plans.
After the discussions, Ms. Sturgeon also said that when the issue comes before MSPs in this autumn, she is prepared to table an amendment to the alcohol Bill of the Government. But, the opposition had different views over the issue. They supported a floor price to make up the combined value of duty and VAT.
Ms. Sturgeon said, “Alcohol misuse is the biggest problem, in terms of health consequences, that we face in Scotland. Minimum pricing can tackle that problem effectively. "The sunset clause would mean that minimum pricing would cease to be in effect unless parliament renewed it”.