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Business and Planning Bill: Update Published Date: 14/07/2020

The Bill continues to progress through the House of Lords completing its committee stage.

The Bill successfully passed the committee stage on 14 July 2020 with Lords putting forward amendments to clauses 1, 5, 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bill.

The Hansard record of the committee stage can be read on the Parliament website.

The next stages of the Bill are:

Report stage: House of Lords      20.07.2020

3rd reading: House of Lords        20.07.2020

It has been reported that the Lords will be putting forward amendments to ban outside smoking.  The i reported that the Lords “warned that attempts to stimulate Continental-style “cafe culture” over the summer must not be at the expense of public health by allowing smoking at tables.”

Liberal Democrat Baroness Northover told i : “Reducing smoking in public places has been hugely important for improving public health in the UK.

“However, with pavement licences being introduced to help support our hospitality industry as we relax lockdown, the Government should not allow this to become an excuse for increasing smoking in public places.