HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 c81W
Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he has taken to enforce the requirements that all advertisements for cigarettes and tobacco products should carry appropriate health warnings; what additional steps he proposes to take in respect of disregard of these requirements, as in the case of which a sample has been sent to him; and whether he will make a statement concerning the statutory enforcement of all health warnings.

Sir K. Joseph

The observance of the code of practice for health warnings on cigarette packets and advertisements is monitored by my Department and the evidence I have indicates that the voluntary agreement is being satisfactorily complied with. The case in point is not a breach of the agreement as the code does not require that sort of material to carry the warning reference; I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, North-West (Sir D. Kaberry) on 24th June 1971. I do not consider that statutory enforcement of this code is necessary or desirable.—[Vol. 819, c.340–4.]