Dáil Éireann - Volume 661 - 24 September, 2008

Written Answers. - Consumer Protection.

Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of on-the-spot fines for breaches of consumer law imposed under the terms of the Consumer Protection (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulations 2007; the type of breaches in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30935/08]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: The Consumer Protection (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 689 of 2007) came into effect on 13 October 2007. Responsibility for enforcement of these Regulations is a matter for the National Consumer Agency and I have no direct function in the matter.

I am informed that to date, twenty-nine notices have been served by Authorised Officers of the National Consumer Agency. Twenty-eight of these notices were issued in respect of alleged [161] offences under the European Communities (Requirements to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 639 of 2002) and one was issued in respect of an alleged offence under the Retail Price (Beverages in Licensed Premises) Display Order 1999 (S.I. No. 263 of 1999).

Payment was made in accordance with the terms of the fixed payment notice in twenty-eight cases. One trader failed to pay the fixed payment and has been successfully prosecuted by the Agency.

Question No. 150 answered with Question No. 140.