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Health White Paper

Asked if the alcohol tax changes were part of the Health White Paper, the PMS said that they were part of the strategy to deal with problem drinking.

Asked if the changes applied to cider as well, the PMS said that changes were made in the March Budget regarding the definition of cider, which had an effective raising duty on a certain type of cider.

Put that it was odd for tax changes to occur 24 hours after Cabinet had met, the PMS said that we had made clear at the time of the Budget that we would be looking at how we could use tax to deal with the issue of problem of drinking.

Asked why it hadn’t been announced yesterday during the autumn statement, the PMS said that it was announced today as part of the wider strategy on dealing with problem drinking.

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