Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1030)

Fiona O'Loughlin


1030. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when legislation to provide for a minimum five-year expiry date on gift vouchers will be enacted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34029/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018 was initiated in Seanad Éireann on 19 December 2018 and completed Second Stage in the Seanad 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. Officials from my Department have been working with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel on the preparation of amendments to the Bill.  While I had hoped that the necessary amendments would be finalised in time for the Bill to be enacted before the summer recess, this did not prove possible due to a need to obtain legal advice on a number of issues relating to the Bill.  I am determined to ensure that the Bill’s Committee Stage will be taken early in the autumn session and that it will be enacted promptly after Committee Stage.