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Skoal Bandits

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what funding has been provided out of public sources for the establishment of a factory to manufacture Skoal Bandits in East Kilbride; and if he will make a statement.

Having taken a decision on commercial grounds to manufacture Skoal Bandits in Europe, US Tobacco International is eligible for the normal range of regional support for its new facility at East Kilbride. In accordance with normal practice, details of any grant payment exceeding £25,000 will be published in "British Business" in the quarter following the payment of grant.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to ensure that Skoal Bandits are treated in the same way as other tobacco products in relation to their advertisement and promotion.

US Tobacco International Inc, the manufacturer of Skoal Bandits, has entered into a voluntary agreement with the Government covering the marketing and promotion of the product. In terms of this agreement, which runs until 31 December 1987, the company has undertaken to restrict the scope and content of the advertising, the media on which it is placed and the audience at which it is directed. In addition, the chief medical officer has written to all medical practitioners to advise of the dangers of snuff dipping in this country.