Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (302)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

302. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she has considered the impact the Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018 will have on vouchers for experiences or defined services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16463/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

A number of businesses that issue gift vouchers for a specified activity or experience submitted responses to my Department's consultation of July 2018 on gift voucher fees and expiry dates in which they outlined the issues that the proposed five-year minimum term for gift vouchers would present for this type of gift voucher.  While I have considered the concerns expressed in these submissions, I do not propose to make an exception to the proposed five-year minimum term for this type of gift voucher.  Having no mandatory expiry period, or a period shorter than five years, for experience-type vouchers would give rise to confusion for consumers and might give businesses issuing this type of voucher a competitive advantage over businesses issuing vouchers for a specified monetary value.