October 12, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting ahead of the vote today (Monday) in the House of Commons over proposals contained in the Health Bill to require bar and pub staff to check the age ID before operating cigarette vending machine by remote control, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"These proposals are ludicrously impractical and most landlords see it as an unnecessary extra burden on their businesses.

"When bars are busy, it will be very difficult for bar staff to check ID and operate a vending machine within their line of sight when they have long queues of customers wanting a drink.

"I will be voting in favour of a ban on cigarette vending machines. I don't see why we can't do what they do on the continent and allow cigarettes to be bought over the bar? That way, staff can check ID for cigarettes and drinks at the same time without any extra hassle."

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