The Welsh Government’s Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill has passed the first stage of its journey through the assembly and will now go on to detailed consideration by assembly committees.
A total of 47 assembly members backed the general principles of the bill, with six against and one abstention.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said evidence from other countries showed a link between price and consumption. He told assembly members in a Senedd debate that a minimum price for alcohol would help end “the sad spectre of people who die from drink”. He warned, however, that minimum pricing would not work “in isolation” and promised and extra £1m for health boards to tackle substance misuse. He said he would consult on a proposed, price which would then be put before the Assembly for assembly members to agree on.
If passed by the assembly later in 2018, the measure should take effect 12 months after the bill’s royal assent.