Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Get Them In (Again)

Leading whisky supplier Whyte & Mackay is re-appearing before MSPs following concern over the case it made against plans for minimum drink pricing. And Tesco will be joining them.

Whyte & Mackay’s chief executive John Beard told Holyrood's health committee it would have to cut 300 jobs if the SNP government move was implemented.
But when these figures were thought a bit dodgy, the company later had to admit this scenario was based on a UK-wide introduction of minimum pricing.

Meanwhile, Tesco corporate affairs manager Tony McElroy will also be asked to clarify his comments to the committee, where he expressed reservation about the policy. Fair enough but, evidence given by senior Tesco director David North, to a House of Commons select committee stated that the company was in favour of minimum pricing.