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SMOKING IN PRISONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 616: tabled on 26 October 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by the findings of Professor John Britton in his independent medical report regarding the harmful effect of second hand smoke within prisons; notes that this report was commissioned by National Offender Management Service in 2014, published in March 2015 but was withheld until October 2016; is further concerned by the response to question 1, (1.5) in which it is concluded that exposure to the smallest amount of second-hand smoke carries a reasonable probability of injury; further notes the World Health Organisation report of 2010, cited in Professor Britton's report, which stressed that there is no evidence for a safe exposure level of second hand smoke; notes the calls of the Prison Officer Association for the Government urgently to introduce smoke-free prisons across England and Wales to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and inmates is maintained; and therefore calls on the Government to accept the findings of John Britton's report and to work with staff and inmates to ensure a safe and quick transition to a smoke free estate.