Tobacco: Smuggling

HM Treasury written question – answered on 15th September 2017.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the requirement in the Illicit Trade Protocol to license tobacco manufacturing machinery.

Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones The Exchequer Secretary

A Command Paper setting out the UK’s plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be laid before Parliament once legislation to 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 currently before Parliament in the Finance Bill.

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