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Smoke Free Premises and Vehicles

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the publication of the consultation paper on Smoke-Free Premises and Vehicles, whether local authorities will be compensated under the New Burdens Principle for increased litter removal costs. (94667)

The smoke-free provisions within the Health Act 2006 will see virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces become smoke-free. In the ‘Choosing Health’ White Paper, the Government committed to the New Burdens Doctrine to fund local authorities for work in support of the implementation of initiatives within the White Paper, including the enforcement of smoke-free legislation.

The Department is currently in discussions with the Local Government Association on funding for local authorities to enforce smoke-free legislation. The Department does not intend to stipulate exactly how local authorities should use funding that will be provided.