Cigarette Advertising

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 6th February 1967

asked the Minister of Health what action he intends to take following the decision by Carreras to resume cigarette advertising in the media it used before current restrictions were introduced.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

The whole question of cigarette advertising is being actively considered but I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Does my right hon. Friend agree that a time when the Government are giving serious consideration to the economic and social hazards of drug addiction is also a time to move forward to stronger regulations governing tobacco advertising?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

As my hon. Friend doubtless knows, I sent a circular letter to a number of bodies about smoking in public places. The question of advertising is under consideration, but I remind my hon. Friend that the advertising of cigarettes on television continues to be barred.

Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South

Will the Minister say why this company should not be allowed to advertise? How many more of our liberties are to be infringed?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I have certain duties to the House to promote the public health, and it is in that connection that I adopt the attitude that I do adopt.