Home > 493. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Health his views on whether it would be more appropriate to have a higher rate of VAT on soft drinks and alcohol than on nutritional drinks such as juices and smoothies which all currently have a VAT rate of 23%. [33281/12]

[Oireachtas] 493. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Health his views on whether it would be more appropriate to have a higher rate of VAT on soft drinks and alcohol than on nutritional drinks such as juices and smoothies which all currently have a VAT rate of 23%. [33281/12]. (10 Jul 2012)

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Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The Special Action Group on Obesity is currently carrying out a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the health and economic aspects of introducing a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks and the Institute of Public Health will be facilitating my Department with this assessment. 

The Steering Group aims to have the Health Impact Assessment Report available in October to be presented to me. At that point, myself and my officials will consider the HIA results and use them as part of the decision making process regarding any possible introduction of a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks.
 
In its report on alcohol, the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group recommended - among other things - the introduction of a legislative basis for minimum pricing per gram of alcohol. As 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 thus to discourage at risk levels of alcohol consumption. This recommendation is being actively considered as part of the development of an Action Plan in advance of proposals being drafted for Government.
 
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Dáil Éireann Debate Vol. 771 No. 5
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:10 July 2012
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Subjects: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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