Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (446)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

446. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health when the minimum pricing provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 will be commenced; the reason for the delay in doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50400/19]

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 so that minimum unit pricing can be implemented as soon as possible in order to address the very significant health harms and financial costs of the way alcohol is currently consumed here.