The debate over a total ban on smoking in public drags on with Liverpool joining Scotland and Wales in considering introducing an embargo. Although the latest report from Scotland steered clear of recommending a complete ban on smoking, Jack McConnel, the country's First Minster, vowed to fight on with plans to see the practise outlawed. In Wales, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff appealed to the government to give the National Assembly the power to ban smoking in public. SA Brains, the Welsh brewer, is strongly opposed to such a measure. "[We] would prefer to see a solution adopted which promotes consumer choice," said the brewery. A pressure group called Smoke Free Liverpool has also been created with the goal of prohibiting smoking in the city. Leaders of Liverpool City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, primary care trusts and cancer charities are on board. They are looking at options for stopping people smoking in the city, including ranging from using current health and safety law to ban smoking in shops, bars and restaurants. The group is due to be launched next month, and aims to create a smoke-free city by the time Liverpool is crowned Capital of Culture in 2008. In 2003, Liverpool City Council warned its 20,000 employees they could be sacked if they were caught going out of the office during work time for a smoke.