Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (309, 310)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

312 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will liaise with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to consider introducing a ban on below cost selling of alcohol products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35922/12]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

367 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when legislation will be introduced to facilitate minimum alcohol pricing measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35929/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 312 and 367 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Substance Misuse Strategy, was published earlier this year. It contained many recommendations and policy options in relation to tackling the over-consumption of alcohol in Ireland. Among the suggested options was the introduction of minimum pricing. A proposal on this and other alcohol-related issues has been prepared for Government. It includes a strong recommendation on the introduction of minimum pricing to deal with the problems associated with low-priced alcohol. A decision of the Cabinet is awaited.