HC Deb 24 January 2000 vol 343 c124W
Mr. Crausby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what action he is taking to reduce smoking in his Department. [105803]

Ms Beverley Hughes

The Department seeks to create a non-smoking work environment. This is primarily through the creation of smoking rooms, or smoking areas where the size or configuration of the building does not make this feasible, although in some buildings staff have voted for a total ban on smoking. Health promotion activities have complemented this approach with displays, in-house magazine articles and proactive events. When lifestyle screening programmes are run an individual's smoking habits are one of the areas discussed with the screening nurse.