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The guidance packs that businesses have received also include no-smoking signs and other support materials.

A Smokefree England ministerial reference group comprised of key stakeholders was created last year to facilitate dialogue between business groups (including representatives from the hospitality industry), local government and the Department, and has met regularly. The Committee of Registered Clubs’ Associations (CORCA), representing working men’s clubs, is a member of the reference group.

Through the Smokefree England campaign, the Department been working with CORCA to help communicate how the new law will affect members clubs, and has met with CORCA representatives regularly. The Department will continue to provide CORCA and working men’s clubs with assistance and advice to support their preparations for the implementation of smokefree legislation.

Businesses can also contact their local council for information and advice on getting ready for the implementation of smokefree legislation.

Surgery: Cancellations

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust patients had their operation cancelled up to 14 days before the operation in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many such operations were for (a) knee surgery, (b) hip replacements, (c) ophthalmology surgery and (d) urology surgery. [133930]

Andy Burnham: Data collected centrally cover cancellations for non-clinical reasons on the day the patient is due to arrive or after arrival in hospital, and for non-clinical reasons on the day of surgery. The data are available by provider but not by speciality. There were 744 such cancellations in the period January to December 2006 at Hull and East Yorkshire national health service trust. This equates to 1.1 per cent. of elective admissions.

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