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Smoking: Social Clubs

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure working men’s clubs are aware of the forthcoming ban on smoking. (130101)

The Department is providing a range of information and support to businesses to help them be ready for the implementation of smokefree legislation on 1 July 2007.

On 23 March 2007, the Department published the guide “Everything you need to prepare for the new smokefree law on 1 July 2007”, with comprehensive information on smokefree legislation for businesses. The guide will be included within a pack that was posted to all employing and trading businesses in England, including working men’s clubs, during April and is also available to download on the Smokefree England website at:

The guidance packs that businesses have received also include no-smoking signs and other support materials.

A Smokefree England ministerial reference group comprised of key stakeholders was created last year to facilitate dialogue between business groups (including representatives from the hospitality industry), local government and the Department, and has met regularly. The Committee of Registered Clubs’ Associations (CORCA), representing working men’s clubs, is a member of the reference group.

Through the Smokefree England campaign, the Department been working with CORCA to help communicate how the new law will affect members clubs, and has met with CORCA representatives regularly. The Department will continue to provide CORCA and working men’s clubs with assistance and advice to support their preparations for the implementation of smokefree legislation.

Businesses can also contact their local council for information and advice on getting ready for the implementation of smokefree legislation.