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Exclusive: Hands Off Our Packs and the Secretary of State for Health

The Labour MP for Glasgow North West submitted the following written question last week:

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he or (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of the Hands Off Our Packs campaign; and when any such meetings took place.

The public health minister replied on Andrew Lansley's behalf:

Anne Milton: Details of all official ministerial meetings with external parties are published quarterly in arrears on the Department's website. Data from 1 January 2010 up to the end of June 2011 can be found at [click here]:

Data for July to September are due to be published shortly and data for October to December will be published in the summer.

As a party to the framework convention on tobacco control, the United Kingdom has an obligation to protect the development of public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Oddly, Milton didn't categorically confirm or deny that the Secretary of State for Health had met representatives of the Hands Off Our Packs campaign so we'll just have to keep you guessing.

Nevertheless the image above does look pretty convincing, doesn't it?

H/T Angela Harbutt

See also: Did Andrew Lansley meet Hands Off Our Packs?

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Reader Comments (4)

It looks Simon as if it's been photoshopped.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:30 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Henson

Do you think it has been photo shopped? Gosh no ..really ? I wasnt there but I would have thought the launch of the Hands Off Our Packs campaign would have been teeming with Department of Health types....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:48 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony G

Just shows Anthony you're not as bright as you thought you were then.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 13:16 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Henson

he he - irony so does not work in some circs huh? you are right .. I not smart at all.. I was just suggesting that this was a bit of fun from Mr Clark with the photo... The serious question is of course what on earth is an MP doing wasting his time asking such an idiot question.. and whoput him up to it ? I gather from the answer from Ms Milton answer that she thought it was an idiot question too.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 19:15 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony G

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