Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (125)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

125. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health when the draft regulation under section 12(1) of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 will be finalised for submission to the EU under regulation EU 1169/2011; if this regulation will provide for obligatory bilingual warnings in view of the fact that the research (details supplied) quoted by him in Dáil Éireann did not provide objective proof that bilingual warnings such as this were less effective; the length of time it will take to obtain EU approval for the implementation of these regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48677/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Sections 12(4) and 12(5) of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act provide that the health information to be on notices in licensed premises and on websites that sell alcohol products must be in both the English and the Irish language. Regulations made in relation to those requirements will therefore include the requirement for bilingual information.

Section 12(1) on the health information to be on the labels of alcohol products does not contain a requirement that this information be in the English and the Irish language. It is not my intention to attempt to go beyond the legislation as made by the Houses of the Oireachtas in making those regulations.

It is my intention that the relevant draft regulations will be finalised for submission to the European Commission by year-end. The length of time taken to approve those regulations is a matter for the Commission.