London Local Authorities (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill [HL]

– in the House of Lords at 10:16 pm on 20th July 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Howarth of Breckland Baroness Howarth of Breckland Crossbench 10:16 pm, 20th July 2005

My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time.

I thank all noble Lords for a fascinating debate. It is my belief that all views should be aired thoroughly. It needs to be a robust debate, so I welcome the views of those who have opposed the Bills as well as those who have supported them. I particularly wanted to add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Stratford, on his maiden speech. I have much admired his tenacity of purpose, and I am just glad that he is on my side rather than on the other side with regard to the London Bill. I commend the Bill to the House.

Moved, That the Bill be now read a second time.—(Baroness Howarth of Breckland.)

On Question, Bill read a second time and committed to a Select Committee.