Tobacco: Smuggling

HM Treasury written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 58873, what the timetable is for formal ratification of the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement in the Spring Budget 2017 on the use and ownership of tobacco manufacturing machinery, whether the Government will ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

A Command Paper setting out the UK’s plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products can be laid before Parliament once all the Primary legislation to fully implement the Protocol has been approved by Parliament.

While the UK already has many of the Protocol’s requirements in place, the requirement to license tobacco manufacturing machinery has not yet been implemented. Legislation to accomplish this is included in the Finance (No.2) Bill.

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