Thursday, 7 March 2019

Questions (27)

Bernard Durkan


27. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of gift voucher legislation; the way in which this will benefit consumers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11248/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018 completed Second Stage in Seanad Éireann on 23 January 2019 and Committee and Remaining Stages on 31 January 2019. The Bill completed Second Stage in Dáil Éireann on 14 February 2019 and was referred to the Select Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The Bill will benefit consumers by requiring gift vouchers to be valid for a minimum term of five years and by addressing certain unfair practices relating to gift vouchers. I welcome the broad support shown for the Bill in both Houses of the Oireachtas and hope that it can be enacted at the earliest possible date.