HC Deb 26 May 1978 vol 950 cc806-7W
Mr. Craigen

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement in clarification of his Department's policy towards schemes of sports sponsorship to promote advertising of cigarettes.

Mr. Moyle

Our view is that on health grounds an association between cigarette smoking and active sport is undesirable and should be strictly limited. As regards sports sponsorship, control is exercised through a voluntary agreement between my right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport and the tobacco industry. He consults me on all matters concerning sponsorship by tobacco companies. Full details of the voluntary agreement were given in my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochester and Chatham (Mr. Bean) on 15th December 1977.—[Vol. 941, c. 371].