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Smoking: Shropshire

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many council staff in Shropshire will be trained to enforce the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops; and how much money has been allocated for this training. (123050)

The local authorities that will be responsible for the enforcement of smoke-free legislation are set out in the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006. As local authorities will enforce smoke-free legislation in a way that is most appropriate to their local areas, no estimate of the number of enforcement officers can be provided, because these decisions will be taken locally.

The funding allocation to individual local authorities is set out in Local Authority Circular (2006) 17. A copy is available in the Library.

In addition, the Department is funding centralised training on smoke-free legislation for two members of staff from each local authority with enforcement responsibilities. The training will be delivered by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and will focus on supportive, non-confrontational and consistent methods to build compliance with smoke-free legislation to create an environment where enforcement action will be minimised.