"Small pubs and bars could go out of business when the smoking ban is imposed if they are not given enough time to apply for planning permission and prepare, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL), has told M&C Report. BISL wrote to the Secretary of State Ruth Kelly in October about the delay in issuing guidelines and has received no response from her officials who have refused to meet with the industry. Simmonds said: "Premises are awaiting for the regulations, as they can't apply for planning permission until they are finalised and we only have less than six months to go, which is a very short time. "Small businesses have suffered in Scotland, with seven bingo clubs already having closed and a dip in sales for wet led premises." Simmonds added: "It is up to the government to help prevent this and give guidance to local authorities to help the industry to have outside areas ready for when the ban comes into force on 1 July 2007."