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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 24 Apr 1991

Vol. 407 No. 4

Written Answers. - EC Directive on Product Liabilities.

Mervyn Taylor


20 Mr. Taylor asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the extent to which Ireland is in default in implementing the EC Directive on Product Liability; the time-scale for the implementation of this directive which was imposed by the EC; the progress which has been made towards compliance with the directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The text of a Bill to implement the provisions of Council Directive 85/374/EEC on Liability for Defective Products was approved by Government on 23 April 1991. The Bill will be circulated within a day or two with a view to its enactment during the current Dáil session. The directive was due to be introduced in all member states by 30 July 1988, but this was not achieved.

As I explained in reply to Question No. 141 of 27 June 1990 (columns 1096-1907 of Official Report), the time taken in introducing legislation to give effect to the directive has been influenced by a number of unavoidable factors. These include a lengthy consultation process with a wide range of interested parties which was necessary, desirable and time-consuming.