Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th July 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Ofcom will report on its review of alcohol advertising; what (a) guidance and (b) instruction (i) she and (ii) her Department (A) has provided and (B) will be providing about the review and its remit; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ms Estelle Morris Ms Estelle Morris Minister of State (Arts), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts)

The Department has discussed with Ofcom the recommendations of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England—published by the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit—and they have confirmed that they are considering these issues as part of their review of the rules on broadcast advertising for alcoholic drinks. Ofcom are considering the adequacy of the current rules in the light both of academic research and specially commissioned studies; I understand that they intend to consult on any proposed changes this summer. The Department has been briefed on progress with this work but the content of the Codes remains Ofcom's responsibility.

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