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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were convicted last year of breaching the smoking ban.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

78 persons were found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for smoking in a smoke free place in 2010.

The figures given on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in the spring of 2012.

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