From the BBC
A Labour plan to ban smoking in cars carrying children is due to be put to a vote in the House of Lords later.
Labour peers are to table an amendment to the Children and Families Bill detailing their proposal for England.
The party says that if it is not passed in this vote, it will be included in its manifesto for the next election.
Of course, the smoking ban was all about protecting workers in pubs and hotels.
It's part of a gradual process of denormalisation. Once you get a law enforcing smoking in your car with children, because it's a closed space, it's a very small step to banning smoking in a home with children.
But don't think you'll get any joy from the Conservatives
Smoking should be banned in cars carrying children, says England's public health minister.
Anna Soubry said her personal view was that it was justified on "child welfare" grounds.
Several health groups have called for the move, but it has been resisted so far by the government.
The prime minister has said while he supports the smoking ban in pubs and clubs, he is "more nervous" about legislating what happens in cars.
You can interpret that how you like, but I wouldn't trust it.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
From the BBC