Written Answers - Consumer Protection.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 648 No. 4

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  24.  Deputy Brian O’Shea  Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the action being taken to implement the commitment in the programme for Government that steps would be taken to ensure that prices of goods are labelled and transparent in order that the consumer is well informed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8344/08]

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Micheál Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Price display law is covered by Orders made under Section 19 of the Prices Acts 1958 to 1972 and under the European Communities (Requirements to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002, Statutory Instrument No. 639 of 2002. The various Price Display Orders made under the Prices Acts 1958 to 1972 cover Drinks Display in Licensed Premises, Hairdressing Services, Petrol and Diesel and Restaurants. The European Communities (Requirements to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002 require retailers to display the selling and, where appropriate, the unit price (the price per litre or kilo) for all products covered by the scope of the Regulations. The Commission will be reviewing the Directive upon which these Regulations are based and I will support measures to enhance the information to be made available to consumers. This review is part of the general review of the Consumer Acquis.

The National Consumer Agency whose function it is to enforce price display law, regularly undertakes surveillance with a view to securing voluntary compliance on the part of traders.


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