» Monday, December 19, 2005


Asked whether Downing Street had a response to the Smoking Select Committee’s report which had said the Government’s plans were impractical, ineffective and that a total ban should be offered, the PMOS said no doubt we would study their helpful comments. What he had said in the past and what remained the case was that the ban would cover 98% of public areas. We believed that we had achieved what was a difficult balance between protecting those that did not smoke whilst at the same time protecting the right of those that did. It was not an easy balance, but we were trying to strike that balance, and would continue to listen to the debate.

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