Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (209)

Seamus Kirk

Question:

209. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans regarding the statutory code of practice for the grocery sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12058/14]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Work on drafting the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill, which is included in the “A list” in the Government’s current Legislative Programme, is at an advanced stage and it is hoped to publish the Bill in the coming weeks on foot of receipt of a stamped copy of the Bill from the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. In addition to introducing enabling provisions to regulate for certain practices in the grocery goods sector, the Bill will, inter alia, merge the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority, update and reform competition law on foot of a review of the operation and implementation of the Competition Act 2002, and give effect to the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Media Mergers.