Date lodged: 30 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how the proposals in the 2018 tobacco-control action plan regarding planning and licensing are being taken forward; what specific measures are being considered, and what consultation there will be.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 15 November 2018
Any measures on planning or licensing for tobacco-control would require full public consultation.
As set out in the 2018 tobacco-control action plan, we are first gathering evidence on, and considering the impact of, price strategies and reducing tobacco outlet density. If that gives us clear evidence that restrictions on these would reduce the harms and inequalities associated with smoking we would then consider ways to implement change. The action plan states that Regulations to introduce compliance conditions to the existing retail registration scheme could be an option for making change. The action plan refers to licensing and national planning guidance as other options that might also be considered.