Parliament: Questions and Answers

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Health costs of smoking

THE ANNUAL cost to the health service of treating smoking-related diseases in England was estimated at between pounds 1.4bn and pounds 1.7bn, said Public Health minister Tessa Jowell.

Legal meal

SCIENTISTS FROM biotechnology firm Zeneca Plant Science who were pictured eating genetically modified (GM) tomatoes have not breached environmental safety legislation, Environment minister Michael Meacher said.

Long holiday

THE NEED for a three-month summer recess was questioned by David Winnick, Labour MP for Walsall North. "Why can't MPs not return to work in the middle of September like some other European parliaments, instead of the beginning of October?" he asked.