With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 32 together.
Provision is already contained in the Restrictive Trade Practices Acts, 1953 and 1959, for the full investigation of any restrictive practice, including resale price maintenance, by the Fair Trade Commission with a view to establishing whether the practice is unfair or contrary to the public interest. As Deputies are aware, resale price maintenance has been prohibited by means of Orders, confirmed by the Oireachtas, in a number of trades where it has been established before the Commission that the practice has operated contrary to the public interest; in a large number of other trades the practice has been eliminated by means of Fair Trading Rules made by the Commission, after consultations with the trades concerned, and in all other trades the general effect of the practice is kept under constant review by the Commission. The legislation governing restrictive practices is and will be kept under review by my Department to ensure that it is effective in promoting efficiency and competition in trade, having regard to the economic conditions obtaining in the home market and international trade.