Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ceisteanna (67)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

67. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance his plans to extend the sugar tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25775/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I have no plans to extend the sugar swetened drinks tax at this time.

The recently introduced tax on sugar-sweetened drinks commenced on 1 May 2018 and applies to water and juice based drinks with a sugar content of 5 grams per 100 mililitres or above.

The European Commission found that the introduction of the tax constituted no aid and further to that decision, a legislative amendment will be brought forward in this year's Finance Bill to impose a calcium threshold on certain exempted categories to ensure the comparability of exempted products to dairy.