However, information given by the sports minister, Tony Banks, in a Commons written reply showed it was the lowest amount in the five years since statistics began to be collected in 1991-1992.
The figures, provided under the voluntary agreement on sponsorship of sport by tobacco companies, showed a pounds 7.4m total in 1995-96, compared with more than pounds 8m the previous year and a high of pounds 10.4m in 1992-93.
This week, Conservatives accused the Government of a u-turn on its policy over a proposed ban on tobacco sports sponsorship by agreeing to allow it to continue in Formula One racing.
They also accused the public health minister, Tessa Jowell, of a "hint of impropriety" after it was discovered her husband David Mills was until recently a non-executive director of Formula One company Benetton Formula. The charge was strongly rejected by Ms Jowell.Reuse content