HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 c414W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for(a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers. [102334]

Mr. Mandelson

There is nothing in the Civil Service Code that specifies that any accommodation is to be set aside for religious use, pregnant and nursing mothers or smokers.

The Secretary of State has staff located in 24 buildings. Eleven of the buildings have a room set aside for smokers. None have rooms specifically set aside for ethnic minority religious use or by pregnant or nursing mothers. However, in many cases staff have access to rest rooms or interview rooms which they can use.