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Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018

Summary and Background

4.The aim of the Act is to address the Welsh Government’s concerns around the health and social harms that can be caused by the effects of excess alcohol consumption.

5.This Act has been developed following consultation on the Public Health White Paper ‘Listening to you: Your health matters’ in 2014, which included a series of legislative proposals to address a number of public health issues in Wales. One of these was a proposal to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol. Subsequently, a draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill was issued by the Welsh Government for a five month period of public consultation in July 2015.

6.The Act makes provision about the minimum price for which alcohol is to be supplied in Wales to a person in Wales and establishes a local authority led enforcement regime.

7.The Act is comprised of 30 sections and a Schedule.

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