HC Deb 10 March 1999 vol 327 cc296-7W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to impose a legal duty on restaurants to provide non-smoking areas. [75458]

Ms Jowell

No. We gave careful thought to the legislative option, but concluded that voluntary commitments by the industry were more likely to be implemented effectively and with public support. The White Paper "Smoking Kills" includes a new charter on smoking in public places, agreed by the hospitality industry. The results will be monitored and we will consider the need for any further action in the light of progress.