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House of Lords: Smoking

Volume 691: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What arrangements are being made within the precincts of the House of Lords to enable Members and staff to continue to smoke in premises which comply with the smoking provisions of the Health Act 2006. [HL3250]

The Administration and Works Committee published a report on 21 March recommending to the House that smoking should be prohibited in all parts of the parliamentary estate occupied by the House of Lords except within specified locations in Black Rod’s Garden, State Officers’ Court and Peers’ Inner Court, and in an area at the end of the Lords Terrace abutting the Commons Terrace.

The committee recognises that such a significant change in smoking policy should be a matter for the whole House. Accordingly, the report will be debated in the House in due course.