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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget he has provided for the establishment of local tobacco control alliances. [109070]

The Cancer Plan committed up to £1 million a year over three years (2000–03) to support the establishment and operation of the alliances. For the first year, core funds were provided to begin building these alliances, the second year saw a mixture of core funding and project or operational funds, with the last year (2002–03) providing only project work funds.The total funds to support local alliance projects for the year 2002–03 was £751,277 and was distributed between September 2002 and January 2003. Further funds were used to provide a national co-ordinator and regular update meetings. Funding arrangements for 2003–04 are currently being finalised.