Responding to the Chancellor's comments on minimum unit pricing, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“Decades of low prices have taken their toll on Scotland. It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs £3.6 billion a year - £900 for every Scot. In that context, any impact on the Treasury's revenues is marginal. It is a small price to pay to reduce the long term burden on our under pressure health and justice systems.
"Inflation eroded the value of the original minimum price during the years that this policy has been caught up in the courts. That is one of the reasons why Scottish Liberal Democrats have pressed the Scottish Government to introduce a higher rate."