Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
Question 301: To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when he plans to publish legislation to provide for the transposition of the Consumer Rights Directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9285/12]
Member States are required to adopt legislative measures giving effect to the Consumer Rights Directive by 13 December 2013 and to apply those measures by 13 June 2014.
As I indicated on the launch of the report of the Sales Law Review Group on 18 October 2011, I have decided to use the opportunity presented by the requirement to transpose the Directive to update and consolidate the primary and secondary legislation relating to consumer contracts for which my Department has responsibility. A comprehensive Consumer Rights Act of this kind will bring about substantial improvements for consumers, will create clearer rules for businesses, and will be simpler to understand for both consumers and businesses.
The preparation of consolidated primary legislation along these lines will be more demanding and time-consuming than the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive on a stand-alone basis by means of secondary legislation. My aim is to have the general scheme of such a Bill ready by early 2013. I intend to implement the provisions of Articles 19 and 22 of the Directive on payment charges and additional charges in 2012, a year ahead of the deadline for the adoption of legislative measures to give effect to the Directive.