Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (303)

Catherine Murphy


303. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to update the Casual Trading Act 1995. [51695/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Casual Trading Act, 1995 provides for a control and regulatory system for people trading in public places. The 1995 Act devolves the administration of casual trading matters from a national level to the local authorities and the Act requires that local authorities make bye-laws governing casual trading in their functional areas. These bye laws can be used by local authorities to designate casual trading areas and set the size of pitches, etc.

In August 2018, I launched a public consultation on the Casual Trading Act 1995 and the Occasional Trading Act 1979 to determine the fitness for purpose of both Acts. Both pieces of legislation have been on the statute book now for a number of years and given the changes in retail and trading environments, I considered that it was an opportune time to review both pieces of legislation to determine if they are still fit for purpose. The consultation sought the views of interested parties on matters relating to both Acts.

Submissions on the matter were received from interested parties, traders, local authorities and consumers and these responses are now being examined by my Department. When this detailed examination of the submissions is completed, I will review any policy issues that arise and I will assess whether any updating is required to be carried out on the Casual Trading Act 1995. I expect that this review process will be finalised during 2020.

Question No. 304 answered with Question No. 301.