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WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 128731, tabled on 20 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ratifying the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Answered on

28 February 2018

HM Revenue and Customs are the lead government body working towards ratifying the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The Department, as custodians of the United Kingdom Government’s signature to the WHO FCTC, provides support and a policy overview on such matters to HM Revenue and Customs. The Government is fully committed to the Protocol. A Command Paper setting out the UK’s plans to ratify the World Health Organization Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products now needs to be laid before Parliament. Preparations led by HM Revenue and Customs are underway and they expect to proceed shortly.