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Key milestones in the development of the legislation:

2 April 2007- Smoke-free legislation comes into force in Wales.

30 January 2007 – Assembly Members vote in favour of the regulations.

28 November 2006 – The final draft smoke-free regulations for Wales are published.

13 October 2006 – Public consultation ends.

19 Sept 2006 – First Minister Rhodri Morgan announces that the new law in Wales will come into force on 2nd April 2007.

21 July 2006 – Launch of public consultation on draft Smoke-Free Premises etc. (Wales) Regulations

19 July 2006 - The Health Act 2006 enabling the National Assembly for Wales to make regulations for smoke-free public places and workplaces receives Royal Assent.  You can find the act on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website (external link, English only).

27 October 2005 – The Health Bill is published and presented to Parliament. It makes provision for the Welsh Assembly to make regulations for smoke-free public places, workplaces and vehicles.

5 July 2005 – The Health Minister, Dr Brian Gibbons, announces that the Welsh Assembly Government accepts the recommendations made by the Assembly Committee on Smoking in Public Places

20 June 2005 - UK Department of Health and the Wales Office launch a public consultation on the smoke-free elements of the Health Bill. This proposes that the Welsh Assembly Government should be enabled to make its own provision for smoke-free public places in accordance with the policy it determines on this issue.

10 May 2005 - Publication of the Report of the Assembly Committee on Smoking in Public Places, recommending that the Welsh Assembly Government should seek powers to implement a comprehensive ban on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces.

23 November 2004 - UK Government publishes "Choosing Health" White Paper. This makes a commitment to introduce legislation to limit environmental tobacco smoke and proposes that devolved administrations should have the opportunity to take forward their own legislative proposals.

8 June 2004 – An all-party committee is set up by the National Assembly for Wales, to gather evidence, consult and make recommendations on a smoking ban in public places.

22 January 2003 – The National Assembly for Wales votes in favour of an all party motion calling upon the UK Government to bring forward a Bill giving Wales the powers to introduce a smoking ban in public places.