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Health Education Council

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has given any advice to the Health Education Council on the particular uses or campaigns to which he expects it to devote the extra £1 million added to its budget for 1977–78; and what proportion of that money he expects to be devoted to the campaign against cigarette smoking and the campaign to educate the public on the need to treat medicines with respect, respectively.

Among the projects which the Health Education Council is considering financing from the extra £1 million added to its normal budget for 1977–78 are measures to promote better health among the public, a scheme to support the training of health education officers and a further regional campaign on alcoholism. I understand that the proposed better health campaign is likely to take the form of a series of messages on specific health topics, and this could well include smoking and health. The HEC is currently considering this campaign and the problem of educating the public to treat medicines with respect, and we shall shortly be discussing its proposals with it.