HC Deb 29 June 1999 vol 334 c149W
Dan Norris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to restrict smoking in the workplace. [88215]

Mr. Meale

I have been asked to reply.

The Government's action on smoking was set out last December in our White Paper "Smoking Kills". The White Paper announced that the Health and Safety Commission would issue a consultative document asking for views about whether to introduce an Approved Code of Practice about smoking at work under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. The Commission intends to publish its consultative document at the end of July.

The draft Code on which the Commission is to consult gives advice to employers about how to devise and introduce, in consultation with their employees, appropriate smoking policies at work.