House of Lords back smoking ban in cars with kids
House of Lords peers have backed plans to ban people from smoking in cars where there are children present.
by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 25th July 2012
The House of Lords approved Lord Ribeiro’s private member’s bill to make offenders pay a £60 fine or attendance at a smoke awareness course. However, despite support for the measure in the House of Lords, it would need the support of MP’s to become law, and Prime Minister David Cameron has raised questions as to whether it would encroach on ‘personal freedoms’.
Supported by campaigners
The House of Lords voted through Lord Ribeiro’s bill on Monday, but Mr Cameron claims that parliament must have a ‘serious think’ before taking such a step. Lord Ribeiro told the BBC that there was not strong government for legislation in the area, with ministers ‘favouring education as a way of persuading parents to change their behaviour’. The bill is supported by various health campaigners and charities.
Source: BBC News, Peers back smoking ban for cars with children present, 24th July 2012
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