Another Government minister has hinted that the Coalition is to push for minimum pricing of alcohol in its forthcoming alcohol strategy. Home Office minister James Brokenshire was questioned on the issue in Parliament and said: “We recognise that the availability of cheap alcohol is a significant issue that needs addressing.” He said “some complex issues are involved in terms of regulation and other aspects” and added: “We are continuing to examine this matter carefully and closely, recognising that price is a relevant and important factor in dealing with this problem.” When specifically asked about powers to grant local authorities powers to implement minimum pricing over specific areas, Brokenshire said: “The Government believe that alcohol pricing and taxation are matters best handled at a national level, but where there are suitable local solutions we will welcome them. “A number of challenges are involved in delivering local pricing policies, and we will work with local authorities and the trade to consider the legal and practical implications of this issue.” David Cameron is reportedly examining how to introduce the measure in England, and any plans are expected to be included in the alcohol strategy, which is set to be released later this year. It follows criticism that the proposed ban on sales of alcohol below VAT and duty is insufficient to curb the cheapest deals in supermarkets. Last week health minister Earl Howe told Parliament the Government is “committed to ending the sale of heavily discounted alcohol”, and the issue of pricing and the “irresponsible sale of alcohol” will be addressed in the alcohol strategy.