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Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health. Following a change in ministerial portfolios in November 2017, the First Minister authorised Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, as the new Member in Charge of the Bill, from 9 November 2017. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The Bill provides for a minimum price for the sale and supply of alcohol in Wales by certain persons and makes it an offence for alcohol to be sold or supplied below that price.

 

The Bill includes provision for:

  • the formula for calculating the applicable minimum price for alcohol by multiplying the percentage strength of the alcohol, its volume and the minimum unit price (MUP);
  • powers for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation to specify the MUP;
  • the establishment of a local authority-led enforcement regime with powers to bring prosecutions;
  • powers of entry for authorised officers of a local authority, an offence of obstructing an authorised officer and the power to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs).

 

The Bill proposes the MUP would be specified in regulations. However, for the purpose of assessing impacts and the associated costs and benefits, the Explanatory Memorandum uses a 50p MUP as an example.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 2MB).

 

Current Stage

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The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 23 October 2017

Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 126KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 2MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 23 October 2017 (PDF 127KB)

 

Business Committee - Timetable for consideration of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill (PDF 54KB)

 

Welsh Government: Statement of Policy Intent for Subordinate Legislation (PDF 519KB)

 

Draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) Bill (external website)

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

Public consultation

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has issued a call for evidence, which closes on 15 December 2017.

 

Committee dates

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

25 October 2017

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

09 November 2017

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

Cancelled

 

23 November 2017

Oral evidence sessions

 

 

29 November 2017

Oral evidence sessions

 

 

13 December 2017

Oral evidence sessions

 

 

11 January 2018

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

 

 

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

27 November 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

 

 

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

9 November 2017

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

(private)

(private)

TBC

 

 

 

 

Ministerial correspondence

Following the cancellation of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 9 November 2017, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services. The Cabinet Secretary responded on 14 November.

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Sarah Sargent

Phone: 0300 200 6365

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff     CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddHealth@Assembly.Wales

Business type: Legislation

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: Stage 1

First published: 17/10/2017

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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