Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (71)

Damien English


71. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Finance if he will be making a submission to the Department of Health's regulatory impact analysis on proposed legislation on plain packaging of tobacco products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35657/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners, who have responsibility for the collection of tobacco products tax, that Revenue will be represented on the Standardised/Plain Packaging High Level Implementation Group, which has been established by the Department of Health to oversee the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products. Revenue will have the opportunity in this Group to set out its requirements in relation to accommodating the tobacco tax stamp under the new packaging regulations and to raise any other matters that might impact on their ability to deal with the illicit tobacco market. Revenue’s view is that the introduction of plain or standardised packaging of itself is unlikely to affect significantly their work against the illicit trade in tobacco products.