HC Deb 05 June 1962 vol 661 c202
Q6. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Prime Minister if he will now state the Government's policy with regard to cigarette advertising.

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies which I gave to Questions on this subject on 17th May.

Mr. Allaun

Since it is three months since the Royal College of Physicians issued its report, will the Prime Minister now say When the Government will make up their mind? What is the objection to the recommendation at least to end cigarette advertising on television? Is such objection coming from commercial interests or from the Treasury?

The Prime Minister

Several steps have been taken by my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, through the local health and education authorities. These are proceeding. There are other questions which will require further consideration.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Does the Prime Minister recall that on 17th May he referred us to the report of the Advertising Inquiry Council on the subject of tobacco advertising? Will he arrange that that report is very widely distributed among the nationalised industries, local authorities and others who have advertising space to sell?

The Prime Minister

There are separate Questions on the Order Paper about the Advertising Inquiry Council's report, so perhaps I ought not to anticipate the reply.