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Smoking: Northern Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements are being put in place to assist with the restrictions on smoking in public places in Northern Ireland.[HL6539]

Preliminary discussions with a range of agencies have taken place to assess the implications of smoke-free legislation, which is scheduled to be introduced in April 2007. Once the draft Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 has completed its legislative process, further discussions will take place and guidance will be issued to employers, enforcement officers and the general public.