Clause 79 - Commencement

Part of Tobacco and Vapes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 14 May 2024.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East 2:15, 14 May 2024

One of the clear concerns expressed by retailers—not necessarily the owners of shops but the staff who work in them and sell the products—is that if they can turn round to customers and say, “Look, it’s the law. I’ve got to ask you for your age verification. It is not something I can choose not to do; I have to do it,” that would strengthen their position. It would prevent arguments when they say, “I think you look under 25,” or “I think you look under 21.” That would strengthen their arm and make sure they abide by the law.