Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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134. To ask the Minister for Health if he plans to address an anomaly in the minimum unit price of alcohol in which smaller spirit sizes can be sold at much lower price than the recommended selling price (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60602/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The minimum unit pricing provision of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 is a public health measure aimed at reducing harmful alcohol consumption. This provision will come into effect on 4 January 2022.

Minimum unit pricing sets a floor price below which alcohol products cannot be sold and is aimed at ensuring that high alcohol content products cannot be sold at cheap prices. The floor price is dependent on the volume and the strength of the alcohol contained in the product.

Minimum unit pricing is not a mechanism for setting recommended retail prices.


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