HC Deb 16 July 1997 vol 298 cc387-8
9. Mr. Rhodri Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what targets he has set for improvements in the health of the Welsh population. [7003]

Mr. Win Griffiths

The Welsh Office issued advice to the NHS in Wales on 11 June this year on a number of targets to improve the health of people in Wales and to improve the responsiveness of health services.

Mr. Morgan

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that one of the most tragic legacies of the previous Government's failure in public health matters in Wales was their failure to set any achievable targets in life style-related public health issues, such as diet, exercise, obesity and, above all, the teenage take-up of smoking? Does he further agree that the sooner the present Government get around to implementing the proposed ban on tobacco advertising, the better for everybody, including young people in Wales?

Mr. Griffiths

My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that I was able to attend the anti-smoking summit earlier this week, which was very successful. I can assure him that legislation will be introduced after consultation to effect the ban on tobacco advertising.