Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (138)

John Bruton

Question:

254 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the initiatives that her Department are undertaking to ensure that the price of mineral water sold in public houses is vetted in view of the fact that occasions have been noted where a glass of tap water has been sold in a public house for an exorbitant price, stating that it was still mineral water; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1970/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

I understand that most establishments do not charge for serving tap water and this practice is to be encouraged. In the cases referred to by the Deputy, these would appear to raise issues relating to the making of false or misleading statements and may be amenable to enforcement action under the Consumer Information Act 1978.

The Deputy may wish to forward details of the cases concerned to the Director of Consumer Affairs for appropriate action.