Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (523, 524)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

638 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the findings from the economic report with regards to the impact on job losses in connection with the smoking ban; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1068/04]

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Paul Kehoe

Question:

639 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the person who carried out the economic report with regard to the impact on job losses in connection with the smoking ban; when it was carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1069/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 638 and 639 together.

My Department has not commissioned a report of the kind referred to by the Deputy. I am advised that the Office of Tobacco Control commissioned a report regarding the economic impact of smoking bans but this has not yet been published.