Support our corner shops says MP
Date posted: 05-07-2012
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the house in defence of the borough’s corner shops.
Ms Doyle Price said: “The nation’s corner shops rely heavily on tobacco sales to sustain their business. As the Government are pursuing a number of policies designed to reduce tobacco consumption, may we have a debate on how we can support our corner shops, which are a lifeline in so many communities?
George Young (Leader of the House of Commons, House of Commons; North West Hampshire, Conservative)
“I note what my hon. Friend says about the importance of small shops. So far as standardised packaging is concerned, there is currently a consultation exercise, which I think ends on 10 July, on the case for and against standardised packaging of cigarettes. The Government have not made up their mind—we want to await the outcome of the representations that have been made—and I urge my hon. Friend and her constituents, if they have not already done so, to join members of relevant trade associations in making representations to the Department of Health on this important issue.”