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Minimum pricing plans set to be dropped

Published:  15 July, 2013

The Government is to drop its plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, according to reports.

The Home Office consultation on minimum pricing ended in February and it is expected that home secretary Theresa May will formally announce an end to the plans this week. 

Sources told The Telegraph newspaper that the proposed ban on multi-buy discounts will also be scrapped.

However, plans to prevent retailers from selling alcohol as a loss-leader will press ahead, according to the report.

Earlier this year, the trade praised the absence of minimum pricing in the Queen's speech.

At the time, the Scottish Grocers' Federation said the government has taken "a very commonsense step in dropping potential plans for both the minimum pricing of alcohol and plain packaging for tobacco products" from the speech.

Meanwhile, Scotland is pressing ahead with plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.