Legislation aimed at combating the sale of cheap alcohol is expected to be watered down tomorrow, leading to criticism that beer could still be sold for as little as 38p a can.
The ban looks set to apply only to alcohol priced below the combined cost of excise duty and VAT, meaning that a bottle of wine could be bought for £2.03, while £10.71 could purchase a litre of vodka.
The Coalition Government will claim that the Bill is the first step towards a more effective regulation of the UK's perceived binge-drinking problem. But it stops short of preventing the sale of alcohol as a loss-leader, whereby supermarkets offer drink below cost price to attract customers. Campaigners for the protection of pubs also argued last night that it would not help their cause.Reuse content