MPs 'misled over tobacco ads'

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The Independent Online
TESSA JOWELL, the health minister, faced accusations last night that she misled a House of Commons committee over plans to ban tobacco advertising.

Tories claimed Ms Jowell had not followed government guidelines on assessing the impact of the move on British businesses, and that she misled MPs by claiming she had. The issue is particularly sensitive because Formula One racing was given an exemption after Labour received a pounds 1m donation and lobbying from the sport's chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone. Last night the minister told the European Legislation Select Committee: "I believe that we exceeded the requirements placed on us."