Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (125)

Michael McGrath

Question:

125. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the yield that would be achieved from applying a 20% levy to the profits in Ireland of tobacco companies in order to fund smoking related health measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41364/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I assume the Deputy is referring to the proposal to introduce a price cap on the pre-tax price of tobacco as proposed by the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation in their pre-Budget submission. Preliminary advice on this suggests that any proposal to interfere with the ability of manufacturers to set the maximum price level for tobacco is a breach of Council Directive 2011/64/EU on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco.