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Smoking: Legislation

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish guidance on the enforcement and implementation of the smoke-free legislation. (128917)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on enforcing the public smoking ban. (129211)

The Department published guidance on smoke-free legislation for businesses on 23 March.

The guidance entitled “Everything you need to prepare for the new smoke-free law on 1 July 2007” includes support materials to assist business to be ready for implementation, including no-smoking signs. A copy has been placed in the Library.

The guidance will be posted during April to businesses in England with employees, and is also available on the Smokefree England website at www.smokefreeengland.co.uk

The Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) has published on 23 March guidance for local council regulatory officers to support the successful and consistent implementation of smoke-free legislation across England. The LACORS guidance was developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and in consultation with the Department. The guidance has been placed in the Library.