The First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, has announced that the Welsh Assembly aims to ban smoking in all-enclosed public spaces in Wales from 2 April 2007. He said: “The risks of second-hand smoke have been known for some time. This is why the National Assembly voted in 2003 to seek powers to ban smoking in enclosed public places. This is now becoming a reality. “If all the legislation goes through Assembly procedures as expected Wales will have a ban on smoking in all enclosed public places from 2 April 2007. “This is a decision which has been supported by all political parties across the Assembly and has been strongly advocated by health spokespeople of all other parties.” Draft regulations for the legislation are currently out for consultation and cover issues such as definitions of “enclosed”, proposed exemptions, signage requirements and enforcement arrangements. Once the consultation ends in October the regulations will then go through the relevant Assembly Committees and Plenary sessions. It’s unlikely that England will be that far behind, although no date has yet been announced.