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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written Answers 158 - Tobacco control measures [42496/14] [Plain packaging]. (06 Nov 2014)

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158. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health if his Department has received any responses to its formal notification of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 made to the World Trade Organisation under the technical barriers to trade agreement under the technical standards process; if so, if he will provide the names of the countries that responded and share the concerns of these WTO members states; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42496/14]

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Ireland has not received any written requests for consultations from World Trade Organisation (WTO) members following the notification of our proposals as set out in the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014. The matter was the subject of discussion at the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade meeting on 18th June 2014 and at the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council meeting on 29th October 2014. The reports of these discussions can be found at http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tbt_e/tbt_e.htm and at http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/trip_28oct14_e.htm The matter is on the agenda for the Technical Barriers to Trade meeting scheduled for 6/7 November 2014.

Dail Eireann debate. Written Answers 159 - Tobacco control measures [42498/14].

159. Deputy Finian McGrathasked the Minister for Health the percentage of Irish persons aged over 15 years who were reported as smokers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42498/14]

 Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar):  The commissioning of this Ipsos MRBI omni-poll is the responsibility of the National Tobacco Control Office (NTCO), Health Service Executive. As such, I have requested the information from the NTCO, and I will get back to you as soon as I have received this information.

 

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