Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Development of Superstores.

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asked the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism if he has received representations regarding the uncontrolled development of superstores and its adverse effect on independent grocery owners and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Yes; I have received representations about the development of large supermarket outlets and the implications of such developments for the independent grocer and the consumer. These and other related matters have been dealt with in submissions to me and, as I have previously indicated to the House, they are the subject of discussion with various interests involved.