Forest advise the following:
"Brian Binley, MP for Northampton South and a supporter of the Save Our Pubs and Clubs: Amend The Smoking Ban campaign, said:
"Many pubs and clubs are finding it difficult dealing with the economic situation. The smoking ban has further impacted on many businesses and the trade is really struggling.
"I want to consider a balanced and proportionate amendment to the legislation which allows for segregated smoking rooms or areas within pubs, bars and clubs, provided that effective smoke extraction systems of an authorised standard are installed."
The EDM calls on the Coalition government to conduct a thorough review, supported by consultation with all parties and affected business sectors, of the impact the smoking ban has had on public houses and private members clubs.
It also calls for any changes to the smoking ban legislation to be made on the basis of evidence, fairness and proportionality "whilst recognising the importance of pubs and clubs to the nation's social life and community wellbeing".
I wish Brian well, but suspect that he will have a real mountain to climb on this issue. Bad legalisation, once passed, is very hard to overturn.
You can write to him here email@example.com
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