HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 c87W
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.