FOI 13-23: Unit pricing of alcohol in Northern Ireland

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FOI 13-23

6 June 2023

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”)

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) has processed your request dated 9 May 2023 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000). In your request, you asked:

“I am working on an NIHR-funded project concerning no and low alcohol products. An important aspect of this study is identifying the positions of policy actors, including alcohol industry actors. In order to achieve this, we require access to the following consultation data: 

- Consultation on Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol in NI (2022)

The data we require includes: 

- Complete list of all questions included in the consultation 

- Complete list of all respondents 

- Copy of all responses from organisations in full.”


The Assembly Commission does not hold the information you request.

Members of the Assembly may have asked Assembly Questions of Ministers about this subject, and may have received answers that refer to this information. All Assembly questions, and the answers received, are published on the Assembly’s website in a searchable database.

Reference may also have been made to this subject in other types of Assembly business.  For example, reference may have been made in motions, adjournment debates, Ministerial statements, matters of the day or urgent oral questions.  Items of Assembly business are published on the Assembly Commission website in a searchable database. Information on items of Assembly business, and where relevant a link to the Official Report (Hansard) of these proceedings, can be accessed by searching Plenary business on the Assembly website.

In order to provide advice and assistance under section 16 of the FOIA, you may wish to make an FOI request to the Department of Health directly at


You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address. If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF which will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and its official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.

Yours sincerely


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