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European Union Documents

Volume 572: debated on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11),

Regulation of Tobacco and Related Products

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 18068/12 and Addenda 1 to 7, a draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products; welcomes the success of the Government so far in securing agreement for top priority issues such as the prohibition of characterising flavours, including menthol, in tobacco products; supports the Government’s continued pursuit of its key negotiating objectives during Trilogue negotiations, primarily a text which provides adequate flexibility for Member States to go further in certain key areas of public health policy, including packaging, where the evidence supports this and it is justified by the Treaty; further notes that the Government recognises the importance of further strengthening the internal market, taking into account a high level of health protection; and supports the Government’s view that the proposed Directive is good for public health and will be a positive measure in the Government’s efforts to reduce the number of children and young people who take up smoking in the UK.—(Mr Gyimah.)

Question agreed to.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)),

Economic and Monetary Union

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14102/13, a Commission Communication: Strengthening the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union; and supports the Government’s position that any measures to increase social and employment co-ordination should be voluntary for Member States outside the Eurozone.—(Mr Gyimah.)

Question agreed to.