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Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th February 2006.

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Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North 2:30 pm, 28th February 2006

What effects the Commission expects the new legislation on smoking will have on the House of Commons accommodation.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

The Administration Committee has asked for a paper on that subject and the Commission expects to reconsider the policy on smoking on the House of Commons estate once recommendations have been received from that Committee.

Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his reply. I am sure that he welcomed the decision made by the House a couple of weeks ago about the ban to be introduced in most workplaces and public places. Does he not think that the House of Commons should take a lead and implement the proposals that we passed as quickly as possible, and that our role should be to lead the nation?

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

The hon. Lady will have heard the answer that I have just given: specific proposals will come from the Administration Committee. It is impossible for the Commission to make judgments on the matter until the exact form of the new legislation and regulations is clear, but those are the sort of issues that the Administration Committee will have the chance to think about. The estate—including the vast majority of the catering outlets—is already largely smoke-free, but I am sure that there is room to go further and we await the recommendations of the Administration Committee.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

Can the hon. Gentleman confirm or deny that immediately after the smoking ban was passed in the House, Officers of the House visited Members' rooms to see whether people were smoking?

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

I have no knowledge of that.