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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th February 1964.

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Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon 12:00 am, 26th February 1964

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the way in which the Government are encouraging tobacco manufacturers to spend about £4 million a year on television commercials to persuade people to smoke is being widely interpreted, particularly by young people, as casting disbelief on the medical evidence? Will he not now persuade his colleagues and the tobacco companies to take effective action before another Government do so by legislation?