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New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions

Part of Orders of the Day — Health Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Health 4:00 pm, 14th February 2006

I strongly advise the hon. Gentleman to talk to the candidates for the leadership of his own party. Simon Hughes said:

"Personally, I won't be voting for the smoking ban."

Sir Menzies Campbell said that it is entirely sensible to make some places available for people to smoke in. However, he also thought that we should not necessarily extend the ban to private clubs. Mr. Oaten, when he was a candidate for the leadership, said:

"A lot of my colleagues would support a ban on smoking"— indeed, his manifesto said so—

"but as a liberal I'm uncomfortable with that".

It appears to be only Chris Huhne among the Liberal leadership candidates who supports his party manifesto on the subject.