HC Deb 02 December 1981 vol 14 cc153-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will give, for the longest and most convenient stated period of time, the total amounts spent by his Department on publicity concerning the dangers to health and life resulting from smoking, drinking, unwise eating and the failure to use seat belts in vehicles.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

Publicity about the dangers of smoking, excessive drinking and unwise eating is primarily a matter for the Health Education Council to which the Department contributed £4.7 million in 1980–81. Details of the council's programmes are given in its annual report, a copy of which is in the Library. Publicity about wearing seat belts is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport.