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Smoking: Enforcement

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures she has in place for (a) recording and (b) proceeding against (i) ministers and (ii) staff who breach the ban on smoking in enclosed public places; and if she will make a statement. (157515)

Staff in Communities and Local Government who breach the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces would be dealt with under the Department’s disciplinary rules. All penalties given to staff under the disciplinary rules are recorded. Staff in Communities and Local Government smoking in areas in or around its buildings where it is prohibited would be asked by security staff to move to an acceptable location. Any who might refuse or who repeatedly try to smoke in a such an area would be reported for disciplinary action.