§ Mrs. Iris Robinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ban smoking in public places in Northern Ireland. 
§ Angela Smith
Substantial progress on the provision of smoke-free facilities can be made through the "Five Year Tobacco Action Plan for Northern Ireland", which was published in June 2003. The plan, which was prepared by an inter-sectoral working group, does not propose an outright ban on smoking in public places; 1543W rather it stresses the importance of building on changes in public attitudes towards tobacco use, if the overall aim of creating a tobacco-free society is to be met. With this in mind, the plan includes a series of actions designed to promote the provision of smoke-free premises and facilities.
A copy of the plan is available in the Library of the House.
Number of live and still births to Northern Ireland resident mother, 2000 to 2002 Age of mother Registration year (a) 14 years and under (b) 15 years (c) 16 years (d) 17 years (e) 18 years (f) 19 years 2000 11 47 165 312 484 601 2001 5 37 129 280 493 588 2002 5 32 113 304 494 566 Source: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.