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Tobacco Advertising

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received from the chairman of the Advertising Association regarding further controls on tobacco advertising; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to her reply 7th March 1980 c. 364]: The Advertising Association and a number of organisations representing manufacturers which advertise, the advertising agencies and the printing media have written to me expressing concern about press reports which had suggested that the Government are pressing the tobacco industry to restrict substantially the level of its advertising in the interests of health. I have now replied pointing out that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services is committed to exploring to the full the scope for voluntary cooperation before any other measures may be decided upon.