Further to my post about Caroline Lucas and her parliamentary question about smoking in cars where children are present, the Government response is quite encouraging. Responding to the Green MP's written question, health minister Anne Milton has replied:
We have no plans to extend the smokefree law to private vehicles. Many families are now voluntarily making their homes and their cars smokefree, reducing their children's exposure to second-hand smoke. We will continue to urge parents to do this in encouraging them to take responsibility for their children's health. The Public Health White Paper due later this year will set out our priorities for action in this and other areas of tobacco control.
As it happens, this is precisely the point I have made, repeatedly, in interviews on the subject. Why ban smoking in cars where children are present, I have said, when the evidence suggests that the vast majority of parents no longer smoke in those circumstances.
To support my argument I cite opinion polls and many of the comments on this blog. (See Smoking in cars - by smokers, Taking Liberties, June 2010.)
Perhaps (steel yourselves) the Government is actually listening.