Northern Ireland Office: Smoking

House of Lords written question – answered at on 18 December 2008.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements there are for officials of the Northern Ireland Office who smoke during office hours.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office)

The Northern Ireland Office Smoking Policy issued in January 2005 introduced a total smoking ban throughout all Northern Ireland Office premises. A similar ban was introduced in the Northern Ireland office premises in Millbank with effect from 7 March 2005.

The policy states that there is no entitlement for staff to leave the premises to smoke except during lunchtime. Depending on circumstances it may be possible for staff to smoke other than at lunchtime. However smoking is only permitted outside the perimeters of the entrance/exit areas of the premises in an area designated by the premises officer. Staff are expected to give priority to the demands of work during normal working hours.

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