The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children (the Committee) is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and groups in respect of its consideration of the Outline Heads of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013.
Written submissions should be submitted electronically by email (PDF / MsWord or equivalent) and received by Mr Paul Kelly, Principal Clerk, Joint Committee on Health and Children, firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 15th January 2014.
Submissions should be succinct and to the point and should be of a reasonable size. Submissions should be detailed on a "Head by Head" basis and should not contain any unnecessary or superfluous material that does relate directly to the Heads of Bill, which can be accessed on the Department of Health website via the link at the end of this document.
Submissions and communications should only be sent to the email address above and not to individual members of the Committee. Please note that the Clerk to the Committee will ensure that all members of the Committee receive, in due course, copies of all submissions and communications received.
With and separate from your electronic submission, please include a covering note outlining in brief why you are making a submission. The covering note should also include your name, postal address, email address and contact telephone number.
If you are making a submission as a group/organisation, please supply the name and contact details of the group/organisation and the names and contact details of the officers, if any, of the group/organisation. Please indicate in the covering note if you or your group/organisation are prepared to appear and discuss your submission with the Committee in Public Session at a future Committee meeting. (Public Hearings to be scheduled for end January 2014).
NB: The submission itself must contain the following, in the following order:-
1. A brief introduction outlining any experience you or your group have or any work that you or your group have engaged in that is relevant to this issue.
2. An executive summary of your submission. (1-2 pages maximum)
3. A list of recommendations you or your group would like to be considered by the Committee. These should be summarised in the executive summary, on a "Head by Head" basis.
4. The main body of your submission. This should be concise and to the point and should highlight any factual information or commentary that you or your group have to offer on a "Head by Head" basis. The Committee may draw conclusions from this information and may put it to other witnesses or parties for their comments.
5. A declaration of interest if you or your organisation (a) come within the definition of "tobacco industry" as set out in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (b) have any commercial or other interest in the sale of any form of tobacco product (c) have any relationship or connection with the tobacco industry or any party having a commercial or other interest in the sale of tobacco (d) ever received any funding from the tobacco industry or any party having a commercial or other interest in the sale of tobacco (e) ever worked for or provided services to the tobacco industry or any party having a commercial or other interest in the sale of tobacco (f) ever received any payment from the tobacco industry or any party having a commercial or other interest in the sale of tobacco for work done or for the provision of any services (g) had any contact with the tobacco industry or any party having a commercial or other interest in the sale of tobacco in relation to the proposal of the Irish Government regarding the plain packaging of tobacco products.
Submissions received which are not compliant with the requirements set out (from 1-5) above may not be accepted by the Committee.
Please also ensure that the submission itself is signed and dated by you or by an authorised officer of the group making the submission. In the case of a submission submitted by a group of individuals, it should be signed by all the individuals represented by the submission.
The Committee will consider all submissions received in Private Session or in Public Session at its own discretion. The Committee will not disclose details of its considerations in Private Session.
The Committee, at its own discretion, shall invite a number of witnesses to address it in due course. The Committee reserves the right to invite the authors of certain submissions, as it so decides, but also to invite other witnesses on its own initiative. The Committee reserves the right not to discuss its reasons for inviting or not inviting any given witnesses to address it.
The Committee is not obliged to discuss your submission with you. The Committee may publish any submission it receives, but it is not obliged to do so. This is totally at the discretion of the Committee and you should be aware that the Committee may publish your submission either as part of a Committee Report or separately, at its own discretion. All submissions shall be deemed eligible for publication unless the author of the submission clearly indicates that it should be treated as confidential and not for publication.
A more detailed document (Ms Word version) outlining the guidelines for making a written submission is available here.
The Outline Heads of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013. is available here.