Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (499, 500, 509)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

499. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health regarding the tobacco products directive public consultation, the number of responses that were received and by what means of communication; the breakdown of those in favour and against; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11177/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

500. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health regarding the tobacco products directive public consultation process, if the views expressed in the responses will be reflected in his Departments position on the directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11178/13]

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Damien English

Question:

509. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health the number of submissions made to the public consultation on the EU tobacco products directive which closed on 16 January 2013; if he will publish the submissions made on this important legislative proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11203/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500 and 509 together.

Approximately 6,400 submissions were received by my Department in response to the public consultation on the proposal for the Tobacco Products Directive. The submissions are in the form of e-mails, written submissions and printed postcards. The analysis of the submissions is on-going. The results of the public consultation and consultations with other Government Departments will feed into the discussions which are taking place with all Member States of the EU at the European Council's Working Party on Public Health which is chaired by Ireland during the Irish Presidency.