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[Oireachtas] 606. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce a ban on below-cost selling of alcohol along the lines of similar actions taken in Great Britain. [34457/11]. (15 Nov 2011)

URL: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/11/15/00437...


Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): I assume that the Deputy’s question refers to a minimum price for alcohol. Minimum pricing is a mechanism of imposing a statutory floor in price levels for alcohol products that must be legally observed by retailers; its primary function would be to discourage high-risk levels of alcohol consumption.  

A National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group was established in 2009. It is examining the development of policy to deal with a wide range of key issues relating to the supply, pricing, availability and marketing of alcohol - including the question of a minimum price for alcohol - along with measures for the policy areas of prevention strategies, treatment, rehabilitation and substance dependency, research and information.
 
The report of the Steering Group is close to completion; I expect to receive proposals in the coming months and I will then brief my colleagues in Government on these. In the meantime, I will not pre-empt the work of the group.
 
Mental Health Services: Motion - Liquor Licensing Laws
Vol. 746 No. 3
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:15 November 2011
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Alcohol (liquor licensing) laws
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
L Social psychology and related concepts > Economic availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)

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