22. PROPOSAL FOR A COUNCIL REGULATION
(EC) AMENDING REGULATION (EEC) No. 2075/92 ON THE COMMON ORGANISATION
OF THE MARKET IN RAW TOBACCO (5733/98)
Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of
the Committee, to Lord Donoughue, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry
of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Sub-Committee D yesterday considered your explanatory
memorandum on the proposed reform of the EC tobacco regime and
lifted the scrutiny reserve. The Sub-Committee has asked me to
write to you, stating their full support for your position on
the reform of the regime.
You will be aware that the Select Committee
reported on "The EC tobacco regime" in March 1997 (13th
Report, 1996-97, HL 73), concluding that "the subsidy of
tobacco production in the European Community is a scandalous waste
of taxpayers' money" (paragraph 37).
The Sub-Committee wishes to re-iterate this point. It also notes
that, aside from any health issues, there is scarcely a Community
market for the tobacco produced due to its inferior quality.
23 April 1998
18 Letter from Lord Donoughue, 3 June 1997, printed
in Correspondence with Ministers, 11th Report, session
1997-98, p81. Back