Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (491, 522)

Nicky McFadden

Question:

491. Deputy Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will give statutory effect to Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 which provides for the structural separation of alcohol products from other products in supermarkets, convenience stores, petrol stations and any other licensed premises which are deemed to be mixed-trading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9843/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

522. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will give statutory effect to Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act (2008) which provides for the structural separation of alcohol products from other products in supermarkets, convenience stores, petrol stations and any other licensed premises which are deemed to be mixed trading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10215/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 491 and 522 together.

The Report of the Steering Group on a National Substance Misuse Strategy which was published last year contains a broad range of recommendations which seek to address the negative consequences of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm in this country. The Department of Health is developing an Action Plan for submission to the Government in response to the Report's recommendations. Future arrangements for the display and sale of alcohol in mixed trading outlets such as supermarkets and convenience stores will be considered by the Government in the context of that Action Plan.