§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the respective size requirements of labelling regulations for cigarette manufacturers to print warnings on cigarette packs in other EC countries.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Details of legislation to implement the EC directive on tobacco products labelling have been received from six member states. The size requirements for labels on the main faces of cigarette packets can be summarized as follows:
BelgiumA minimum of 4 per cent., 6 per cent. or 8 per cent. of the relevant face must be covered depending on whether one, two or three of the official languages are used.
DenmarkA minimum of 4 per cent.
GermanyA minimum of 4 per cent.
ItalyA minimum of 4 per cent. pending a judgment from the European Court of Justice on whether the Italian Government can require two health warnings on the back face of a packet together covering 8 per cent. of the surface.
Portugal80WA minimum of 4 per cent.
SpainA minimum of 4 per cent. except in autonomous regions where there are two official languages where the minimum will be 6 per cent.
Copies of the laws and regulations in force in the other member states have not yet been received.