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THE SMOKING, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2005, DRAFT (PROHIBITION OF SMOKING IN CERTAIN PREMISES) REGULATIONS 2005 AND REGULATORY IMPACT ASSESSMENT. REPORT OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES

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    Introduction

    On 10 March 2005 the Scottish Executive invited comments on draft regulations made under powers contained in The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill 2005 and the Regulatory Impact Assessment ( RIA) of this legislation. Comments were invited from relevant business representative organisations, individual businesses, health and other organisations and interested parties (list attached). To enable a wider audience to participate, the consultation material was also placed on the Scottish Executive's web site www.scotland.gov.uk/smokingregulations. All responses were requested by Thursday 26 May 2005.

    Background

    The issue of smoking in public places was subject to extensive public consultation from June to September 2004. Following consideration of the findings of the consultation and other evidence gathered on the health effects of passive smoking and the health and economic impact of regulation on smoking in public places, Ministers introduced the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill in December 2004.

    The Bill contained measures to prohibit smoking in certain wholly enclosed public places, and indicates that detailed provisions, including exemptions will be prescribed through regulations. The First Minister stated that the scope of the ban was intended to be comprehensive, although it was recognised that there would be a need for some very specific exemptions for places where people reside or where there are clearly established humanitarian or practical considerations.

    Summary of Responses and Conclusions

    The consultation materials posed questions about specific matters. However, this approach did not preclude consultees from commenting on any aspects of the draft regulations or the RIA.

    We are extremely grateful to all who took the time to respond to the consultation paper. A total of 126 responses were received by the deadline set. Table 1 below sets out the category of respondents. A number of responses dealt specifically with the 10 questions posed in the consultation paper, the others passing general comments on the proposed legislation or the material contained in the RIA. All of the responses were considered individually and this report is a summary of the main issues raised.

    Please note that the graphs contained within this report display a significant number of no comments. While some respondents actually offered no comments to the consultation exercise, the majority offered specific comments on one or two of the questions raised and these are reflected in the appropriate graphs.

    Table 1: Category of Respondents

    THE SMOKING, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2005 CONSULTATION RESPONSES

    Business

    26

    Business - transport

    3

    Charity Organisation

    7

    Government body

    5

    Health Promotion Unit

    5

    Interest Groups

    4

    Justice

    3

    Local Authorities

    20

    MSP

    1

    NHS bodies

    16

    Non- departmental public body

    1

    Other

    15

    Private club

    1

    Professional Organisation (Health)

    12

    Sports

    2

    Unions

    1

    Voluntary

    4

    Total

    126

    Next Steps

    Ministers and officials have given careful consideration to all responses received as part of the consultation exercise. The regulations will be finalised, taking into account the responses received. If the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises) Regulations 2005 is approved by MSPs, the regulations will be laid before Parliament for approval following the summer recess, in September 2005.

    The introduction of the new law is planned for Spring 2006.

    A copy of the updated regulations will be sent to all those who responded to the consultation.

    Draft Regulations and responses to questions posed

    Regulation 1: Citation, interpretation and commencement

    Regulation 1 provides the definitions of words and phrases used in the regulations and the commencement date of the regulations.

    Q.1. Consultees were asked if the definitions of words and phrases ensured clarity of what premises were covered or exempted from the regulations. If not, how might they be improved?

    Definitions Chart

    Although, in general, respondents were content with the definitions used in the draft regulations there were a number of responses which provided a range of suggested changes or sought further clarification. The main issues raised were:

    • Clarification was sought on the definitions of club premises, designated hotel rooms, educational institutions (e.g. student accommodation), government establishments (e.g. armed forces), residential premises, (e.g. hostels), sports stadia, railway and bus stations, open top tour busses and bars.
    • To avoid confusion it was suggested that vehicles should be separately defined.
    • Clarification was sought on the definition of wholly enclosed to ensure that there was no ambiguity.

    Regulation 2: Display of no smoking notices

    This regulation makes further provision in relation to the display of no-smoking notices, in addition to the requirements already stipulated under section 3(1) of the Bill. The regulation sets out the minimum size of a no-smoking notice (230 mm x 160 mm) and specifies that it should include an international "no smoking" symbol of at least 85 mm. in diameter. The sign must also specify the person to whom complaints should be addressed and be displayed so that it is protected from tampering, damage, removal or concealment.

    Q2. Views were invited on this approach.

    Approach Chart

    A range of suggestions were made regarding the issue of signage. Mixed views were received from respondents, some favouring the approach contained in the draft regulations while others felt that the regulations were too prescriptive, excessive or unnecessary. The main issues raised concerned the size, shape, placement and the information to be contained within the signage.

    Regulation 3: "No-smoking premises"

    Paragraph (1) of regulation gives effect to Schedule 1, which sets out the premises or classes of premise which are to be no-smoking premises, whilst paragraph (2) gives effect to Schedule 2, which sets out the premises or parts of premises or classes of premises or parts of premises which are excluded from the definition of no-smoking premises. The "no-smoking premises" listed at Schedule 1 and the exemptions listed at Schedule 2 are discussed in more detail below.

    Paragraph 3 of regulation 3 defines and elaborates on the terms 'premises', 'wholly enclosed' and 'has access' as they are used in the Bill.

    We are continuing to examine whether the given definition of "wholly enclosed" delivers the policy intention, which is to designate as no-smoking premises all those premises listed in Schedule 1 to the regulations, provided that they are either wholly enclosed or, where they are not wholly enclosed, the extent to which they are not wholly enclosed is significant.

    Q3. Comments were invited on the existing formula and on how it might be improved.

    Formula Chart

    The majority of the respondents felt the need for a clearer definition of the term "wholly enclosed" and whether the premises could be permanent or temporary, based on the definition as drafted.

    Regulation 4: Fixed penalty time limits, amounts and payments

    Regulation 4 provides further detail on fixed penalties. The regulations provide that an enforcement officer can only serve a fixed penalty notice up to 7 days after the event. It sets out the amounts of fixed penalty associated with the various types of offence. The fixed penalties are: £200 for permitting others to smoke in no-smoking premises; £50 for smoking in no-smoking premises; £200 for not conspicuously displaying warning notices in no-smoking premises.

    Where an offender pays the fixed penalty within 15 days, discounted amounts are charged. The discounted amounts are: £150; £30 and £150 respectively.

    Q4. Views were invited on the level of fixed penalties and time limits for payment

    Level of fixed penalties Chart

    Although the majority of those who responded were generally satisfied with the level and time limit for fixed penalties, a number of responses suggested that fixed penalties should be increased or a sliding scale introduced for repeat offenders. There were, however, some views suggesting that fixed penalties were excessive. The ability to enforce fixed penalties in rural locations within the time limits set was questioned by some respondents.

    Regulation 5: Application by councils of fixed penalties and account keeping

    This regulation requires councils to keep accounts of their income and expenditure in respect of the administration and enforcement of Fixed Penalty Notices. Any deficit will be made good by the council and any surplus used to improve the "amenity" of the council area. Councils will be required to send an annual statement of the accounts they have kept to Ministers along with an explanation.

    Q5. Views were invited on the general approach outlined here.

    General Approach Chart

    The majority of responses which offered comment favoured the approach set out in the regulations. Caution was expressed to ensure that an over zealous enforcement approach by Environmental Health Officers should not be adopted in an attempt to defray costs.

    Schedules to the Regulations

    Schedule 1sets out the definitive list of those premises that will be no-smoking premises for the purposes of the Act. This is required by Section 4(2) of the Bill which provides that Ministers will make regulations prescribing premises, or classes of premises, as "no-smoking" premises. Section 4(4) of the Bill limits the kinds of premises that can be prescribed as being no-smoking premises by making it a condition that they must be wholly enclosed and also fall within one of 4 stipulated categories.

    Schedule 2 lists the premises or parts of premises or classes of premises or parts of premises which will be exempted from the no-smoking regime.

    There are a number of issues in relation to Schedule 1 and 2 on which views were sought:

    Schedule 1: No-smoking premises

    Under Section 4(4) of the Bill, the kind of premises which can be defined as no-smoking are those which are wholly enclosed and -

    (a) to which the public or a section of the public has access;

    (b) which are being used wholly or mainly as a place of work by persons who are employees;

    (c) which are being used by and for the purposes of a club or other unincorporated association; or

    (d) which are being used wholly or mainly for the provision of education or of health or care services.

    It is therefore intended that the list of premises included in Schedule 1 to the regulations be definitive. Ministers will have the power to add to the list of no-smoking premises by way of amendment of the regulations if it proves to be deficient in any way.

    Q.6 Views were sought on whether there were any premises which fall into the definition of no-smoking premises at section 4(4) of the Bill [(a)-(d) above], but which had been omitted from the list in Schedule 1.

    Definition of premises Chart

    In response to the specific question asked a number of additional premises were identified by respondents. These included: detention centres, prisons, armed service establishments, public telephone kiosks, bus stop shelters, doorways, stadia, railway stations and bus stations.

    Schedule 2: Exemptions

    Adult care homes

    Ministers recognise that there are a number of issues which make it desirable to exempt adult care homes from the scope of the legislation, not least that these are effectively the homes of their residents.

    However, Ministers also recognise that safety and other considerations mean that in many such establishments smoking is not permitted in residents' own rooms, the places which most closely equate to their private place of residence. For this reason, particular consideration must be given to the impact of second hand smoke on non-smoking residents and on staff. In order to address this, we will investigate the best way of ensuring that care homes implement smoking policies which provide smoke-free social areas for non-smoking staff; and the targeting of cessation services and funds on those groups where it would have the greatest benefit.

    Q.7 Views were invited on:

    • the general merits of this approach;
    • the development of smoking policies for residential care homes; and
    • the targeting of cessation services on these groups.

    merits/development/targeting Chart

    Respondents were mainly in favour of the approach to exempt adult care homes. However, respondents identified a clear need to take account of the rights of non-smoking residents and a duty of care to staff working in these establishments. Respondents indicated that they supported the view that the Scottish Executive should look at the best ways of ensuring care homes implement smoking policies backed up by the education of smoking residents

    Psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units

    The position of patients in psychiatric hospitals and units, whether they are there voluntarily or on the basis of a compulsory order, is different to general members of the public. They do not have a private room and may have limited access to the outdoors. For those reasons, among others, we would for now intend to exempt these locations. We will explore with those involved in the care and treatment of people with mental illness as well as advocacy groups and patients themselves whether arrangements might be developed to allow the legislation to extend to some or all psychiatric hospitals and units in due course.

    Ministers recognise that the physical health profile of those with mental illness in Scotland is poor and smoking rates are traditionally high. Ministers are committed to reducing the healthinequalities experienced by this group of patients and plan to implement a programme of targeted cessation across the sector in support of this aim.

    Q.8 Views were invited on:

    • the general merits of this approach; and
    • the targeting of cessation services at this group.

    merits/targeting Chart

    In the main respondents were in favour of the approach and recognised the need for the exemption of these premises. However, respondents identified the requirement to ensure the protection of staff and no-smoking patients by minimising the impact of smoke within these premises. It was acknowledged that patients should be given the necessary support to help them to give up smoking.

    Hotel, guest house and B & B bedrooms

    The regulations have been drafted to include hotels, guest houses and B & Bs within the scope of the law, but to allow proprietors the ability, if required, to designate bedrooms in which smoking may be permitted.

    Q.9 Views were invited on the merits of this approach.

    merits of approach Chart

    Respondents were generally in favour of the approach, suggesting that proprietors should have the discretion to designate some of their bedrooms in which smoking could be permitted. A number of respondents recommended that there might be some merit in setting a maximum number of smoking rooms within the premises to prevent all or mainly all being allocated as smoking rooms. Concern was expressed over staff servicing such rooms regarding their exposure to second-hand smoke.

    Omissions from Schedule 2

    Q.10 Were there any premises which, taking into account humanitarian, practical or other considerations, which were omitted from the exemptions list in Schedule 2?

    omissions Chart

    While the majority of respondents were content with the list, a number of individual respondents requested that certain premises should be added. These included day care centres for the homeless, day care centres for the elderly, users of mental health drop in centres, theatre productions and on shore gas installations.

    Regulatory Impact Assessment ( RIA)

    The consultation documentation contained a Regulatory Impact Assessment ( RIA) which assessed the costs, benefits and the likely impact of the proposed legislation on business based on the best evidence available. Three options had been considered in the development of policy and these were set out in the RIA documentation. The three options were:- option one - voluntary approach, option two - smoke free legislation, option three - legislation, but with the exemption of the hospitality sector.

    Only seven respondents choose to make specific comments on the RIA with the majority fully supporting the Scottish Executive's conclusion that option 2 was the best option to deliver improvements in public health. One respondent suggested that the information set out in the documentation was highly speculative. Another respondent raised issues of enforcement, sanctions and level of proof required by environmental enforcement officers. The respondent also suggested that a fourth option should also have been considered i.e. the creation of smoke free premises with the option to provide separate accommodation for those who wish to smoke.

    THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
    HEALTH DEPARTMENT
    TOBACCO CONTROL DIVISION
    JUNE 2005

    DRAFT: SMOKING, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2005 (PROHIBITION OF SMOKING IN CERTAIN PREMISES) REGULATIONS 2005 CONSULTATION LIST

    Business (General)
    CBI Scotland
    Federation of Small Businesses
    McLarens Wholesale
    Scottish Retail Consortium
    Scottish Business in the Community
    Scottish Chamber of Commerce
    Scottish Grocers' Federation
    National Federation of Retail Newsagents

    Business (Leisure, Gaming and Hospitality)
    Association of British Bookmakers
    Bar, Entertainment and Dance Association
    BAT (British American Tobacco)
    Bell Filter Solutions Ltd
    Bingo Association
    British Casino Association
    British Greyhound Racing Board
    British Horseracing Board
    British Hospitality Association
    Carlton Clubs Plc
    Cowells Arrow Bingo
    Gala Leisure Ltd
    National Association of Bookmakers Ltd
    National Greyhound Racing Club Ltd
    Rank Group Gaming Division
    Scottish Beer and Pub Association
    Scottish Football Association
    Scottish Independent Bookmakers Association
    Scottish Licensed Trade Association
    Scottish Premier League
    Scottish Rugby Union
    Sportscotland
    Scottish Tourism Forum
    Stanley Leisure Plc
    Tobacco Manufacturers' Association
    Visit Scotland
    William Hill Plc

    Business (Transport)
    Airport Operators Association
    BAA Scottish Airports
    British Ports Association
    Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd
    Confederation of Passenger Transport
    Dundee Airport
    Edinburgh Private Hire Association
    First ScotRail
    Glasgow Prestwick International Airport
    GNER
    Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd
    Northlink Orkney and Shetland Ferries Ltd
    Orkney Ferries
    P&O Irish Sea
    Railway Policy and Projects Branch
    Scottish Taxi Federation
    Seacat
    Stena Line Ltd
    Strathclyde Passenger Transport
    The Chamber of Shipping
    The Greater Glasgow Private Hire Association
    UK Major Ports Group
    Virgin Trains
    Western Ferries (Clyde Ltd)

    Children and Young People
    Barnardos
    Children First
    Children in Scotland
    Save the Children Scotland
    Scottish Youth Parliament
    Youthlink Scotland

    Disability
    Capability Scotland
    Disability Rights Commission
    Enable
    Inclusion Scotland
    Scottish Association for Mental Health
    Scottish Disability Equality Forum Scotland
    Mental Health Foundation
    Mental Welfare Commission
    National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland)

    Enterprise
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise
    Scottish Enterprise

    Equality and Ethnic Groups

    Commission for Racial Equality

    Equality Opportunities Commission

    Strategic Group on Women

    Justice
    Faculty of Advocates
    Scottish Police Federation
    Sheriff's Association
    The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents
    The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland
    The Law Society of Scotland

    Local Authorities
    COSLA
    Chief Executives, Local Authorities
    City of Glasgow Licensing Board
    Edinburgh Licensing Board
    VOCAL (Voice of Chief Officer of Cultural, Community and Leisure Service)

    NHS Scotland/ Other Health
    Asthma UK
    British Dental Association (Scottish Branch)
    British Heart Foundation
    British Lung Foundation
    British Medical Association (Scottish Branch)
    Cancer Research UK
    Care Commission
    Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
    Chief Executives, NHS Boards
    Chief Executives, Special Boards
    Diabetes UK, Scotland
    Directors of Public Health
    General Managers, State Hospitals
    Health Promotion Managers
    MacMillan Cancer Relief
    Marie Curie Cancer Relief
    RCGP
    Royal College of Nursing
    Royal College of Physicians
    Royal College of Surgeons
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
    UK Departments of Health

    Older People
    Age Concern
    Alzheimer Scotland
    Help the Aged
    Scottish Care

    Parliament
    Clerk of Committees
    MEPs

    Prisons
    APEX Scotland
    HM Inspectorate of Prisons
    SACRO
    Scottish Prison Officers Association
    Scottish Prison Service

    Private Clubs
    British Legion
    Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
    CIU (Scottish Rep)
    CIU - Working Men's Club and Institute Union Ltd
    CORCA - Committee of Registered Clubs Association
    Grand Lodge of Scotland
    Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland
    National Union of Students
    Scottish Bowling
    Scottish Golf Union

    Sustainable Development
    Friends of the Earth Scotland
    Keep Scotland Beautiful

    Unions
    STUC (for all Unions)

    Voluntary
    Aberlour
    ASH Scotland
    Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations
    Community Service Volunteers
    Oxfam in Scotland
    Salvation Army
    Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
    Scottish Human Rights Centre
    The Poverty Alliance
    The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
    Voluntary Action Fund
    Volunteer Development Scotland
    Who Cares Scotland
    Women's Royal Voluntary Service

    Other
    Association of Scottish Community Councils
    CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau)
    Centre for Tobacco Control Research
    Copyright Libraries
    FOREST
    Highland Users Group
    Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control
    National Smoke-free Areas Implementation Group
    Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
    Scotland's Health at Work
    Scottish Civic Forum
    Scottish Consumer Council
    Scottish Tobacco Control Alliance
    Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland
    Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland