British Pubs

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee 11:00 am, 23rd February 2010

There is another issue that my hon. Friend has not yet mentioned but which has been devastating for many pubs and clubs-the smoking ban. It is not the ban per se that is the problem, but the heavy-handed way in which it has been introduced in the United Kingdom. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is ludicrous that the only way in which a licensee can provide an indoor smoking room for his or her customers is if they happen to operate on a boat?