Smoking in cars with children is set to be banned after MPs voted for the change in legislation yesterday (Monday, February 10).
West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock voted for the proposal, an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which empowers but does not compel ministers to bring in a ban in England.
The vote was passed by 376 votes to 107, and gives the Welsh government the power to bring in a ban in Wales.
The skills minister said on his Twitter account after the vote: “Glad Commons voted to ban smoking in cars with children.”
“Freedom of children from smoke trumps freedom of adults to smoke.”
Before the vote he had said: “My first job as local MP is to represent the views of my constituents.
“There are good arguments for and against this Bill to ban smoking in cars with children.
“We all want to do what we can to protect children and I believe they have a right not to be exposed to harmful smoke.
“But I also believe that there should be limits on the state telling people how to live their own lives and difficulties with enforcement.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 13) Echo.