The answer is, so far, no. Newspaper accounts have fuelled such suggestions after a tax was introduced in Ireland on all re-usable and non-reusable bags costing less than 70p. The tax does not apply to bags containing fresh meat, fresh veg, confectionery, dairy or hot or cold cooked food. Where it does apply, the consumer is charged. According to the Association of Convenience Stores, the official line from the UK government is that it is not proposing to introduce such a scheme here, although it is keeping a close watch on the impact of the move in Ireland. {{GROCER CLUB }}