HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 c667
6. Mr. Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action he will take to co-ordinate the work of Government Departments in publicising the danger of lung cancer caused by smoking.

Dr. Hill

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, in his recent statement, described the concerted measures which the responsible Departments have taken to publicise the risk of lung cancer caused by smoking. There is and there will be co-ordination of effort in making plain the facts.

Mr. Lipton

Is it not at least halfhearted of the Government to leave the whole of this important task to the local councils? Is not the right hon. Gentleman well qualified to conduct a nationwide broadcasting campaign, this time for a useful non-party purpose, dealing with this subject? Let us have the old "Radio Doctor" back talking about health.

Dr. Hill

Statutory responsibility for health education rests with the local authorities, and through the body which, in effect, they control, the Central Council for Health Education, they can and will engage in health education on this subject.

Mr. Nabarro

What is being done to provide more smokeless fuel to reduce atmospheric pollution?

Dr. Hill

I have no doubt that my hon. Friend will address this question, as he does many others, to the appropriate Minister.