Thursday, 28 February 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
94. Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will be made as to whether Ireland will follow the lead of other EU countries and introduce legislation to ensure that pictorial warnings appear on cigarette packets; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8628/08]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): While I am committed to the introduction of graphic colour warnings on tobacco products, no decision has been taken on a date for their introduction. However, as a first step, the Office for Tobacco Control has arranged for pre-testing of images to select the preferred image for each of the 14 warnings and the results of this research will shortly be presented to my Department.
95. Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide in tabular format and in chronological order, from 1 February 2007 to 31 January 2008, the dates and venues of meetings between the tobacco industry or their representatives with herself or her officials; the tobacco companies represented at those meetings; the items under discussion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8629/08]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Two such meetings took place: officials of my Department met representatives of the companies that comprise the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee ( P.J. Carroll & Company Limited, John Player & Sons Limited and Gallagher (Dublin) Limited) on 25 October last — and Philip Morris Limited on 2 November last. Both meetings took place in the main office of my Department (Hawkins House) and were for the purpose of discussing the commencement of further provisions of the Public Health Tobacco Acts 2002 and 2004. I attended neither meeting.
96. Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the further steps that have been taken to put in place a board for the Office of Tobacco Control since her previous comment on this matter on 4 October 2007; when a new board will be appointed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8630/08]
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