Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Questions (141)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

141. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Health when the minimum unit pricing for alcohol is proposed to come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43693/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The 2013 Government Decision which approved a minimum pricing regime envisaged its introduction in Northern Ireland and in this jurisdiction simultaneously. It is my intention to seek a revised Government Decision to implement minimum unit pricing of alcohol here by the end of the year in order to address the very significant health harms and financial costs of the way alcohol is currently consumed here.