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Eu Committees

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110279]

The Tobacco Policy Team leader, Grade 6, sits on the committee established under article 10 of Directive 2001/37/EC. The committee has met twice since January 2002, on 23 September 2002 and 10 February 2003. The first meeting was inquorate. The second adopted its rules of procedure and primarily discussed the European Commissions draft decision on the use of photographic warnings on tobacco packaging. No decisions were taken on the use of photographic warnings, as the Commission is due to circulate a further draft, on which the committee will be invited to submit an opinion. There was also a general discussion at this second meeting on the implementation of the Directive in member states.