Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is proposing an outright ban on smoking in pubs and clubs after the hospitality industry dropped its objections. The British Beer and Pub Association, the Federation of Licensed Victuallers and the British Hospitality Association all appear reconciled to the move. Hewitt had been planning a compromise which would allow smoking away from the bar in pubs not serving food. The FLVA originally opposed any ban but now says it would accept one if brought in over five years. Hewitt is understood to accept that medical evidence is now overwhelming for a total ban to protect drinkers and staff from passive smoking. The only opposition is likely to come from John Reid, who as Health Secretary drew up the original plans for a limited ban. Ireland banned smoking in pubs and clubs last year. The Sunday Times 09/10/05 page 7 The Observer 09/10/05 pages 1 & 4 The Independent on Sunday 09/10/05 pages 1 & 2