HL Deb 05 January 2004 vol 657 c21WA
Lord Janner of Braunstone

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Health Development Agency and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will be asked to review the effectiveness of very low carbohydrate diets in reducing overweight and obesity. [HL404]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner)

The Government are taking action at a national level to raise public awareness of the health risks associated with second-hand smoke. This summer the Department of Health launched its first ever television campaign that highlights the risks of second-hand smoke. This campaign was extended this month to cinema, press and billboards. We have always said that completely smoke-free places are the ideal. We want to see more workplaces and public places becoming smoke-free on a voluntary basis and look forward to them making speedy progress.