what assessment they have made of whether their proposal for minimum pricing on alcohol is compliant with European Union law.The answer was:
The legal advice which the Government have received on this issue is subject to legal privilege. We do not, therefore, believe it appropriate to disclose this advice (or any summary of it).
The Government are currently in discussion with the EU Commission on this issue.Or, in other words, it will be the Commission that will make the decision but we are going to say as little as possible about that. People might find out that we do not legislate in this country.