HC Deb 25 March 1988 vol 130 c245W
Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services why his Department is engaging in discussions regarding health warnings on Skoal Bandits in the light of his proposal to ban the product.

Mrs. Currie

In accordance with the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 my right hon. Friend is consulting interested parties about the Government's proposal. Some months will elapse before representations have been received and considered. Should we decide to proceed, we propose that a further period will elapse before the safety regulations become effective. While these procedures are being carried out, we think it right for the public to be warned of the health risks they run if they purchase Skoal Bandits.