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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 4:45 pm on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Kevin Barron Kevin Barron Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 4:45 pm, 14th February 2006

The press release of 17 October last year from the Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my hon. Friend Mr. Woodward, made it clear that ventilation does not work.

My hon. Friend Stephen Pound spoke about people in Ireland moving from pub to home to smoke. The Select Committee on Health took evidence from numerous organisations in Ireland, and was told on three occasions that what a senior politician on this side of the Irish sea had said was not true. There is no evidence that more people in Ireland are smoking at home. That was confirmed by the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend Caroline Flint, who has responsibility for public health, when she gave evidence to the Committee during our inquiry.


Chris Broscomb
Posted on 11 Jul 2006 10:13 pm (Report this annotation)

She was wrong. There was evidence of that and increased smoking during the last year and lower falls of exposure to ETS at home and in the car than in the UK