Scotland age-limit plan thrown out

Plans to give licensing boards in Scotland the power to ban alcohol sales to under-21s in the off-trade have been thrown out.

The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee voted to remove the section giving boards the power to raise the age limit from 18 to 21.

The committe vetoed the SNP's flagship minimum pricing policy for alcohol last week.

It also rejected a Labour amendment to ban alcoholic drinks with high caffeine contents.