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Friday, 28 November, 1997, 00:53 GMT
EU attacks Britain over tobacco advertising

The British government is facing growing criticism from its partners in Europe over a decision to exempt Formula One motor racing from a ban on tobacco advertising.

The European Commission has suggested that British ministers fell for a hollow threat by Formula One administrators to pull out of Europe if the ban was implemented.

A BBC correspondent in Brussels says the commission's statement is a sign of frustration that Britain risks undermining what it regards as the best chance for a number of years to ban tobacco advertising throughout the European Union.

Officials are meeting in Brussels today to try and resolve the conflict before the commission votes on the issue in a few days' time In Britain itself, two parliamentary committees have strongly criticised the government's decision to exempt motor racing from the ban.

The health committee said motor racing should be treated the same as any other sport.

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