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Tobacco Sponsorship

Volume 300: debated on Friday 7 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of money spent by tobacco companies on the sponsorship of (a) sport and (b) the arts in each of the last five years. [13745]

The amounts spent by tobacco companies on sports sponsorship in the last five years for which figures are available are:


These figures are provided under the Voluntary Agreement on Sponsorship of Sport by Tobacco Companies in the UK. Tobacco companies do not operate under similar arrangements with regard to arts sponsorship. However, the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts (ABSA) has recently estimated the total spread of tobacco companies' support for the arts in the UK to be around £1–1½ million per annum.