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Minister grilled on alcohol U-turn
The Government is to be forced to explain its policy on alcohol pricing amid reports that it has scrapped plans to set a minimum tariff.
Labour's Yvette Cooper has been granted an urgent question on the issue amid reports that Home Secretary Theresa May led Cabinet opposition to the plan.
A Home Office minister is expected to respond to the shadow home secretary in the Commons later.
A base price of 45p per unit in England and Wales had been suggested in an effort to tackle problem drinking.
Doctors' leaders have urged David Cameron to "be courageous" and take a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save lives, save the country money" by setting a minimum price.
But Tory critics said the policy was a "blunderbuss" which would penalise responsible low-income drinkers while doing nothing to tackle problem drinking.
The Prime Minister was directly confronted in the Commons on Wednesday by Tory MP Sarah Wollaston - a former GP - who said abandoning minimum pricing would "critically undermine future efforts".
He told her: "There is a problem with deeply discounted alcohol in supermarkets and other stores and I am absolutely determined that we will deal with this.
"We published proposals, we are looking at the consultation and the results to those proposals, but, be in no doubt, we've got to deal with the problem of having 20p or 25p cans of lager available in supermarkets. It's got to change."
Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne will answer for the Government, the Home Office said.