Amendment of the Law

Part of Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – in the House of Commons at 9:07 pm on 10th March 1992.

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Photo of Mr Peter Hardy Mr Peter Hardy , Wentworth 9:07 pm, 10th March 1992

I would not dissent from the view that we should discourage young people from smoking. My point was—at the risk of being a little chauvinist—that older men who may have smoked from the age of 14 and who are now in their 70s and 80s think that a pipe of baccy is rather important, and it would be cruel of the Government if they told a poor man that he had to stop smoking simply because he could no longer afford the tobacco on which he had come to depend.