Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (365)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

365. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the commencement of the minimum unit pricing provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018; when these provisions will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39550/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The 2013 Government Decision which approved a minimum pricing regime envisaged its introduction in Northern Ireland and in this jurisdiction simultaneously. It is my intention to seek a revised Government Decision to implement minimum unit pricing of alcohol here as soon as possible in order to address the very significant health harms and financial costs of the way alcohol is currently consumed here.