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Tobacco Packaging

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what analysis he has commissioned of the economic effects of the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products;

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging on the intellectual property rights of tobacco brands; and if he will estimate the cost of any compensation arising from such a proposal and its effect on intellectual property rights.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Department published a consultation-stage impact assessment alongside “the Consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products” in April 2012. This set out information on the likely costs and benefits if standardised packaging were to be introduced and invited respondents to submit additional relevant information. A copy of the assessment has already been placed in the Library.

The Government will consider the wider issues raised by standardised tobacco packaging, including the economic aspects and potential impact on intellectual property, before making a final decision on this policy.

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