Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Ceisteanna (436)

Finian McGrath


436. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health if his officials met recently with representatives of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to discuss legal and technical issues with the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Act and Regulations arising from the Act; if he will confirm if he was reassured that these legal and technical issues can be resolved in time for the Act to come into force in May 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36642/15]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Officials from my Department met with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in order to up-date him on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act, 2015. As the Deputy is aware, the Act currently provides for a number of elements to be prescribed by the Minister for Health by way of regulations. While developing these regulations a number of other necessary and practical matters were identified as being required, some of which are in the interests of consumer information. These other matters include inter alia, text in a prescribed form to indicate the type and weight or number of tobacco products contained in the packet, the inclusion of a tab to allow consumers to reseal the pack and the inclusion of a calibration mark which may be necessary for the automated production of the packaging. Amendments will be made to the 2015 Act to provide for regulation making powers for these matters. It is proposed that these technical amendments will be included in the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) No.2 Bill.