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Tobacco

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what negotiating mandate he has given to his Department's officials for the conference of the parties on the framework convention on tobacco control; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the mandate; (230261)

(2) what procedures he has put in place to ensure that Government policy on tobacco control forms the basis of his officials' work in negotiations in (a) the European Union and (b) the conference of the parties on the framework convention on tobacco control; and if he will make a statement.

The negotiations on the framework convention on tobacco control are currently ongoing at European Union level. At the third conference of parties the UK Government, along with EU counterparts, will be negotiating for the most effective global tobacco control. The UK Government are represented by the Department in these negotiations. The Department works across Government to ensure we achieve the most effective global tobacco control guidelines in line with agreed national policy on tobacco control.