Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Secretary Angela Burns AM, said:

“Welsh Conservatives gave this Act a cautious welcome, despite repeatedly having our reasonable amendments rejected by the Welsh Government to implement stronger monitoring and data collection methods.

“We welcome the fact that 50p has been chosen as the MUP the Welsh Government intends to consult on: this price was widely referenced during the legislative process, and to set it at any other rate would have been hugely frustrating for those who were engaged in it. Furthermore, it ensures Wales is in line with the MUP in Scotland.

“However, we remain concerned that the Welsh Government see this legislation as the silver bullet when drug and alcohol rehabilitation services also play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people.

“Having consistently called for a “Sunset Clause� and a comprehensive plan to fully monitor the impacts of this legislation on alcohol consumption, vulnerable groups, and businesses, we will closely scrutinise this legislation as it becomes practice, and hold the Welsh Labour Government to account.�