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Extension Of The Smoking Ban

EDM number 785 in 2009-10, proposed by Greg Mulholland on 03/02/2010.
Categorised under the topics of Service industries and Smoking.

That this House is concerned over the Secretary of State for Health's review of the current smoking ban legislation and its possible extension to include beer gardens, outside pubs and designated smoking areas; notes that pubs, bars and other similar venues have already had to make considerable alterations to their premises in order to adapt to the smoking ban; further notes that pubs have already suffered serious economic repercussions since the introduction of the smoking ban by way of lost revenue and the costs incurred by building smoking shelters; observes that smoking has serious health implications and supports measures to discourage it; however believes that there needs to be a reasonable balance between protecting the rights of non-smokers and the rights of adults who smoke; deems that this balance would not be maintained if smoking in an open air beer garden or legal smoking shelter were banned; further believes that pubs play a hugely important function in the communities they serve; fears that if pubs are required to place further draconian restrictions on smoking then people will choose to stay at home and pubs will no longer be able to perform an important function at the heart of the community; and is concerned that if people are forced to stay at home and smoke this may have health implications on family members and visitors, including young children, due to the dangers of passive smoking.

This motion has been signed by a total of 19 MPs.

Greg Mulholland03/02/2010Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratProposed
Adrian Sanders04/02/2010TorbayLiberal DemocratSeconded
John Hemming08/02/2010Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSeconded
John Cummings08/02/2010EasingtonLabourSeconded
Philip Davies08/02/2010ShipleyConservativeSeconded
John Austin10/02/2010Erith and ThamesmeadLabourSeconded
Greg Knight10/02/2010East YorkshireConservativeSigned
Angela Watkinson22/02/2010UpminsterConservativeSigned
Neil Gerrard22/02/2010WalthamstowLabourSigned
Nick Harvey22/02/2010North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Fabricant24/02/2010LichfieldConservativeSigned
Oliver Heald01/03/2010North East HertfordshireConservativeSigned
Eleanor Laing02/03/2010Epping ForestConservativeSigned
Bill Etherington03/03/2010Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Christopher Fraser10/03/2010South West NorfolkConservativeSigned
Ann Winterton11/03/2010CongletonConservativeSigned
David Mundell16/03/2010Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and TweeddaleConservativeSigned
Nigel Evans22/03/2010Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
Laurence Robertson30/03/2010TewkesburyConservativeSigned

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