Clause 68 - Consequential repeal

Tobacco and Vapes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:00 am ar 14 Mai 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (Primary Care and Public Health)

I do not take for granted the enormous legislative tidying-up that this Bill requires, given that there are pieces of tobacco-control legislation extending back nearly 100 years that are affected by some of the new provisions. If I have not done so already, I would just like to pay a brief tribute to the work of the officials who have done the diligent work of helping to draft the Bill, dotting all the i’s and crossing the t’s to make it fit for publication.

I am happy for this clause to be included in the Bill, but there is one element of the legislation being replaced that I want to ask about. The Children and Families Act 2014 includes a clear and generous definition of the term “packaging” in relation to a tobacco product, and, as we have seen, the “retail packaging” part of the legislation has been of particular interest to other members of the Committee. I wonder whether the Minister knows why the Bill, as drafted, provides a definition of retail packaging, but not of packaging. The definition under the 2014 Act clearly includes external packaging, internal packaging, any wrapper of that product, or any other material attached to or included with that product.

Do we not lose something by revoking that definition, particularly if we consider the changes that this Committee has been keen to make to clause 58? For example, where clause 58(3) of this Bill refers to

“any other features of packaging”,

the 2014 Act refers specifically to

“any other features of the retail packaging”.

I do not disagree with the change; I only comment on it, and ask whether defining the term “packaging”, as opposed to “retail packaging”, would be useful.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Ceidwadwyr, South West Devon

We are about to discover whether the Minister is an expert on packaging.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

I would like to take this moment, as the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston has, to say that this has been an incredible piece of work, at pace, by the Bill team. I would like to add my thanks and my gratitude to them for all of their hard work, and for all of the collaboration with all of the devolved Administrations, which has been superb. This Bill has really come forward at pace.

On the hon. Lady’s point about packaging, I can absolutely assure her that packaging will be included in the broadest sense of the word. If she wants me to define “retail packaging” versus “packaging”, I can do so in writing.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 68 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.