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Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provided under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England published in 2011; and to which organisations.

Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England published in July.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Over the duration of the previous Tobacco Control Plan, 2011–2015, the Department awarded £750,000 of funding to Action on Smoking and Health, supporting the implementation of tobacco control policies.

From 2012, these grants were awarded under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. Unfortunately, the Department’s financial system does not provide the level of detail to confirm whether funding was made under the legal power of Section 64 prior to this date.

Financial Year

Grants

Procurement

Grand Total

Comments

2015/16

125,000

125,000

Grant to support the Tobacco Plan

2014/15

150,000

150,000

Grant to support the Tobacco Plan

2013/14

175,000

175,000

Grant to support the Tobacco Plan

2012/13

150,000

150,000

Grant to support the Tobacco Plan

2011/12

150,000

150,000

Grant to support the Tobacco Plan

The Department is still considering the scope and procurement process for grants to support the implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan. Cabinet Office standards require all new grants to be subject to competition. Our intention is to make any future grant available on a multi-year basis, subject to an appropriate business case and satisfactory performance on the part of the funded bodies.

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