Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Cecilia Keaveney

Ceist:

464 Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the action he has taken in response to recommendations two and five of section B of the Commission on Liquor Licensing interim report on off-licensing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27921/01]

The recommendations in question relate to under age drinking and, in particular, to the operation of the age card scheme provided for in the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1988 (Age Card) Regulations, 1999.

The high level interdepartmental working group established to agree a co-ordinated response to recommendations contained in the interim report on off-licensing concluded that the age card scheme was seen as operating successfully but that efforts to promote awareness and usage of age cards should be intensified. I am keeping the scheme under continual review. I have established a review group in my Department to examine, in consultation with the Garda, how the scheme is operating at present and, if necessary, to make recommendations on how it could be improved. I expect this group to report to me by the end of the year. In the meantime the Garda will continue to promote the existing scheme.