Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Joan Burton


33 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he plans to introduce the legislation to reform the licensing laws, announced by him on 28 May 2003; the main provisions of the promised legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17095/03]

The Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2003 has already been published and was presented in the Seanad yesterday. Second Stage has been completed and I expect that the remaining stages in the Seanad will be concluded today. I expect that the Bill will come before the Dáil next week and I am hopeful that it will be enacted before the summer recess.