§ Mr. Hunter
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for which products he supports the EU prohibition of the manufacture within the United Kingdom of certain legal products which conform with the regulations of third countries. 
§ Dr. Howells
[holding answer 24 July 2000]I understand that the hon. Member's question refers to the proposed EU Directive concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products (known as the 'EU Tobacco Labelling Directive').7W
The Government support the 'common position' on the Directive agreed by the EU Health Council on 29 June.
The common position includes agreement to the provision in Article 3 of the draft Directive which will require that, from 1 January 2004, the yield of cigarettes released for free circulation, marketed or manufactured in the member states shall not exceed:
- 10mg per cigarette for tar
- lmg per cigarette for nicotine;
- 10mg per cigarette for carbon monoxide.