§ Lord Moynihan
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What level of sponsorship funding has been secured through the Tobacco Task Force to replace the funding of World Snooker and other sports' governing bodies following their meeting with the Prime Minister in 1997. [HL4858]
Lord Mclntosh of Haringey
None. The Tobacco Task Force was established in 1997 to advise and support governing bodies affected by the ban on 21WA tobacco sponsorship. It was never intended that the task force should become involved in commercial contractual negotiations between sport and possible sponsors. The task force last met in October 1999. My right honourable friend the Minister for Sport wrote to its members in May 2002 to suggest that it be reconvened. He stands ready to offer advice and support to affected sports.