Ten thousand pubs could close if the Government bans smoking, according to John McNamara, chief executive of the British Institute of Innkeeping. He warned they would lose between 10% and 15% of their turnover, which they could not afford to do. McNamara said parallels could not be drawn with Irish pubs, which have not suffered as badly as expected from that country's smoking ban. He pointed out there were "lots of freeholds and family businesses" in Ireland. The industry also fears that a compromise forcing pubs to choose between serving food and allowing smoking would do more harm than good. Alternatives suggested include banning smoking at the bar and having separate rooms for smokers in food-serving pubs. The Independent on Sunday 12/06/05 (Business) page 3