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How did your MP vote? Ban on smoking in cars with children approved

PUBLISHED: 20:04 10 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:32 13 February 2014

MPs vote to ban smoking in cars with children

MPs vote to ban smoking in cars with children

Smoking in cars carrying children will be banned after MPs voted overwhelmingly to approve the plan in a Commons vote.

How your MP voted

Henry Bellingham AGAINST

Elizabeth Truss AGAINST

George Freeman FOR

Norman Lamb FOR

Richard Bacon AGAINST

Keith Simpson AGAINST

Chloe Smith ABSTAIN

Simon Wright FOR

Brandon Lewis NO VOTE RECORDED (at Cobr flooding meeting, would have voted FOR)

Peter Aldous NO VOTE RECORDED (had to leave on select committee business, would have voted FOR)

Stephen Barclay FOR

Therese Coffey AGAINST

Tim Yeo FOR

Ben Gummer AGAINST

Dan Poulter FOR

Matt Hancock FOR

David Ruffley NO VOTE RECORDED (deliberate abstention)

Bob Russell FOR


Bernard Jenkin FOR

Douglas Carswell AGAINST

Brooks Newmark FOR

Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs, who were given a free vote, joined forces with Labour MPs to approve the ban by 376 votes to 107, majority 269.

Tonight’s vote comes after peers amended the Children and Families Bill to give the health secretary the power to impose a ban.

Despite opposition from some Tories, including Cabinet members, MPs decided to uphold the change to the legislation made by peers last month.

Earlier, Health Minister Jane Ellison told MPs the success of a smoking ban in cars carrying children will not be measured by the number of times the police enforce it.

Instead, she said, its success would be gauged by the reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke.

She told the Commons: “The Government has sought to reflect the views expressed by those in the Lords by bringing forward an amendment that is technically workable.

“And there is going to be debate on it and we will see what the view of the house is and we will take our steer on the principle of the issue then having heard the views of both houses.

“In the event that legislation is to be brought in to stop smoking in cars carrying children, we should not measure success by the number of enforcement actions.

“We should measure success by the reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke.

“The Government will listen very carefully to what Parliament has to say on the important principle as to whether the Government should have the power to legislate to prevent smoking in cars when children are present.

“We will then consider what needs to happen next which is why, if MPs will forgive me, I am not able to talk in great detail on some of the points you have asked me about because that is the next stage once we have heard the will of Parliament expressed.

“However, whatever happens I have asked Public Health England to continue their work on behaviour change in this area, including through social marketing campaigns.”

MPs are considering Lords amendments to the Children and Families Bill.

One change would give ministers the power to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes but implementing plain packs would be subject to a review and a ministerial decision.

Other amendments put forward by peers would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s and ban proxy buying - when adults buy tobacco for under age children.

The original amendment banning smoking in cars carrying children was tabled by Labour.

Its shadow health minister in the Commons Luciana Berger said it had to go ahead. She said: “This is a matter of child protection not adult choice.”

But several Conservative MPs were unhappy at the proposals.

Philip Davies (Shipley) said passing the amendment would be “yet another in a long line of triumphs for the nanny state”.

He said: “If we want to encourage a system in this country where parents take responsibility for their children we have to give them responsibility for their children.”

Former children and families minister Tim Loughton said Labour would “criminalise pregnant women who smoke, on the basis that their child is in an even more confined space than in a car”.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who abstained, said: “I abstained because, after listening to many points throughout the debate, I still found good arguments on both sides. I believe in law that is necessary and enforceable at sensible cost to the taxpayer; and it was hard to support this proposal because it could carry some very odd consequences. For example, it could have criminalised a 19 year old smoking in a car with a 17 year old - who is already legally allowed to smoke in their own right. But it was hard to oppose the proposal too because I voted during the same session in favour of other measures to reduce smoking. With equal arguments for and against I thought it was most sensible to abstain. I also heard from few constituents but even that small number of views fell on both sides.”


  • Ah, just another method of raising funds for the police and the courts, and provide employment for lawyers. One way round this is to have some sweet cigarettes that look like the real thing, and tell the cop you have them because you need to feel that tube in your mouth as you are a smoker, but not with the kids in the vehicle.!! I do not see in the legislation that says you have to go out and buy a car that does NOT smell of tabacco...

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    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Looking at the white patches on the driver's hand he seems to have Vitiligo , is it Michael Jackson ?.

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • if the subject is child safety just why is there a portrait of cyril smith in the house of commons . Just google it

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • So the medical evidence is overwhelming yet our idiotic local MPs have no back bone and quote the usual Nanny State rubbish and freedom. Well the prima facial law of any decent society is to protect children which this ban clearly does. Responsibility is given to those who can exercise it which parents smoking with their children in the car demonstrate that they can't. Unbelievable really that anybody could oppose!!

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Next weeks vote is "how many sheets of toilet roll should we be limited to per person,per week" If you smoke in a confined space with children in it, you are an idiot, no matter what law's are passed you will still be an idiot. Just exactly how are they planning on enforcing this.?

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • "please mummy an daddy! I'm only three or is it two? but please mummy and daddy, can i make my own choice of whether i want to smoke or not?" mummy and daddy! i don't really like that horrible stuff getting inside me! it really is horrible sometimes! if i was older mummy and daddy, i would ask as to why you think it OK for you to contaminate my lungs with the many Carthaginians that comes from when you light up a cigarette? mummy and daddy, is it really fair that you continue to harm me in this way? where is my freedom of choice? i don't mind that you do smoke, mummy and daddy, but please give me a chance to grow up big and healthy and not smoke in front of me or in a confined space like when we are in the car!

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • top of the list should be norfolk MPS pressing the goverment to renew these sea defences around the norfolk coast which are so old they belong in the british museum

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • yet another unenforceable law unless we will have a police officer on every corner it is a good idea but what a waste of time. ggj666 you say there is not a limit on toilet paper yet? I thought my wife was telling me I was only allowed four sheets a week I have been using both sides as well

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Even more legislation cracking down on the motorist! I do wish these people would concentrate on sorting out the flooding debacle,rather than messing about with banning smoking in cars!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Britain....the land of the free. That is of course unless you Eat, drink smoke or drive, in which case you are well and truly screwed

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    steve 43uk

    Monday, February 10, 2014

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