§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many representations he has received from members of the public calling for(a) maintaining present and (b) reducting rates of tax on tobacco products (i) since November 1995 and (ii) since September 1996; 
(2) how many representations he has received from hon. Members calling for (a) maintaining present and (b) reducting rates of tax on tobacco products since November 1995. 
§ Mr. Oppenheim
The precise information is not available, but the Prime Minister and Treasury Ministers have received many representations, in varying forms, from hon. Members, members of the public and health practitioners on many aspects of tobacco taxation. The Chancellor met hon. Members on 29 October, as did I on 30 October, to hear further representations on the subject of tobacco taxation.