MPs reject Tory's bid to amend smoking ban

By James Wilmore

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MPs have today rejected a bid by a backbench Tory to amend the smoking ban. David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, tabled a 10-minute rule Bill in...

MPs have today rejected a bid by a backbench Tory to amend the smoking ban.

David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, tabled a 10-minute rule Bill in Parliament proposing that pubs and private members' clubs should be given the choice of whether to allow smoking.

But it was rejected by MPs by 141 votes to 86.

Nuttall, a non-smoker, told the Commons the ban had been "widely accepted", but pointed out that thousands of pubs had closed since its introduction.

"I do not claim the smoking ban was the only cause of these closures…but for many it was the final straw," he said.

The MP said that if Labour had stuck to its original plan, to allow exemptions, there would have been "no need for this Bill today".

However, in response, MP Kevin Barron, former chairman of the health select committee, said the Bill "will not work, and it should not work."

He added: "Trying to introduce smoke-free rooms (to pubs)…this would have a negative effect on businesses and not be beneficial to them."

A 10-minute rule Bill is a type of private members' Bill, but generally they do not become law. Instead they are used by MPs to highlight an issue.

Related topics: Legislation

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