§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the level of expenditure by the Health Education Authority and the Health Education Council, in the last five years for which figures are available, on publicity and other materials designed to discourage smoking.
§ Mr. Mellor
The figures (actual expenditure) are as follows:
Health Education Council Campaigns/ associated expenditure £ 1983–84 2,629,708 1984–85 1,624,221 1985–86 2,345,704 1986–87 1,118,025
Health Education Authority 1987–88 £ Campaigns/Promotion 562,635 Publications 170,776
These figures do not reflect total spending, since smoking health education is included in many other authority programmes, such as "Look After Your Heart", cancer, and the young people's programme.
On 25 January 1989 my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a new £2 million a year campaign over the next four years, to be run jointly by the Department of Health and the Health Education Authority, aimed at halving the proportion of teenagers who smoke.