§ Mr. Dismore
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many(a) improvement notices, (b) prohibition notices and (c) prosecutions the HSE has initiated in each of the last three years in relation to the hazards of (i) smoking and (ii) passive smoking. 
§ Angela Eagle
There were no legal proceedings taken by HSE's Field Operations Directorate in each of the last three years in relation to the hazards of (i) smoking and (ii) passive smoking in the workplace.
There were no notices issued in 1996–971 in relation to the hazards of smoking and passive smoking. The information is not available for the two preceding years.345W
HSE Inspectors are asked to promote the development of workplace smoking policies, where appropriate, to reduce employees' exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. This approach will be reviewed once new evidence on the risks of passive smoking has been considered further.1Figures for 1996–97 are provisional.