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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 6:00 pm on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 6:00 pm, 14th February 2006

That is true, although we hear that the Government want to allow it in order to try to save a few seats at the next election.

If prisoners cannot drink alcohol, why should they be allowed to smoke? It strikes me as totally inconsistent to take freedom to smoke away from those who are not prisoners, while allowing it to remain for those who are. Apart from anything else, we know that smoking in prison is the means by which much illegal drug-taking can take place.