Written Answers. - Grocery Industry.

Deirdre Clune

Question:

175 Ms Clune asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the plans she has to retain the Restrictive Practices (Groceries Order), 1987; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19262/00]

A majority of the Competition and Mergers Review Group recommended that the groceries order be repealed. I am currently examining the report of this group, which has made some 40 recommendations on a wide variety of aspects of competition and mergers legislation.

I am aware of the strong views held by various groups, commercial and other, on the groceries order. I will take their views into account when I make my decision. In the meantime, the order remains in force.