Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (675)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

675. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health if the public health (standardised packaging of tobacco) Bill 2013 will be subject to notification procedure to the European Union, which one must follow pursuant to directive 98/34/EC; the date on which he will submit the Bill to the European Commission under this procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5395/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, Government approval was received on 19 November 2013 for the publication of the General Scheme of a new Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 and to proceed with the drafting of the legislation based on this General Scheme. I can confirm that relevant sections of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 will be subject to notification under Directive 98/34/EC, which will be submitted when the Bill has reached final draft stage.