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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 28th February, 2013
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High St, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Mohammed Javed and Cllr Miss Tina Large,
Officers:
Peter Kelly (DoPH); Kerry Anderson, Ruby Poppleton (CESC); Graham Birtle, Michael Henderson (LD)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr David Wilburn
Item Description Decision
Public
HCS
52/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
HCS
53/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 20TH DECEMBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes be signed by the Chairman, as a correct record.
HCS
54/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 30TH JANUARY 2013
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to the agreed changes being made.
HCS
55/12
REVIEW OF TOBACCO CONTROL
AGREED that:-

1. the information be noted and the recommendations/options identified be included in the final report.

2. the referral from Council be agreed.
HCS
56/12
WORK PROGRAMME
 
HCS
57/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
2.30pm/4.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
HCS
52/12
Councillor Clark declared a personal non prejudicial interest in item 5 - Review of Tobacco Control and a report relating to a referral from Council concerning Teesside Pension Fund's investment in Tobacco Companies, as he was a recipient of a pension from the fund.

Councillor Brown declared a personal non prejudicial interest in item 5 -Review of Tobacco Control and a report relating to a referral from Council concerning Teesside Pension Fund's investment in Tobacco Companies, as he and his wife were recipients of a pension from the fund.

HCS
53/12
The minutes of the meeting held on 20 December 2012 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
HCS
54/12
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2013.

A number of amendments to the draft minutes were suggested and agreeed by the Committee.
HCS
55/12
Members considered a report that provided a summary of the Committee's findings, during its review of Tobacco Control, with a view to identifying potential recommendations.

The Committee noted and agreed a recommendation, highlighted in the report, relating to lobbying for legislation requiring positive licensing of wholesalers/retailers. Members felt that ANEC and the Northern Group of MPs should be approached with a view to seeking their assistance in this regard.

Members also agreed a further recommendation, detailed in the report, relating to lobbying for legislation, requiring no smoking zones around entrances to public buildings. Following on from this the Committee suggested that a further recommendation be drafted, proposing the establishment of a compact with parents and the community as a whole. The basis of the compact would be to encourage people not to smoke in front of children. It was suggested that to promote such behaviour it may be appropriate to place signage in spots, such as play areas and outside schools. In addition an awareness campaign may be helpful.

Members then considered a number of areas of possible recommendations suggested by officers from the Stop Smoking Service (SSS). The Committee agreed that theses should go forward as formal recommendations. The Committee particularly discussed the Stop Smoking Responsibility Pledge and noted that the Cabinet member for Adult Services and Health was in discussions about this. Members asked for more information on the Pledge. The Committee also discussed the possibility of Council staff attending Stop Smoking sessions and suggested that the SSS could be invited to provide group and/or one to one sessions, for Council staff, at Council venues.

It was explained that the SSS had produced 5 questions that could help identify early Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. On asking the questions of an individual, if they answered yes to 3 of them, then this could indicate a problem and, with their consent, they could be referred to their GP. It was suggested that this could be piloted with Stockton Council staff and members.

Further discussion regarding smoking within the grounds of hospitals took place. It was indicated that County Durham and Darlington Trust had looked at introducing a ban on smoking in hospital grounds but details of outcomes were not known. It was suggested that this be looked into.

Reference was made to the North East Babyclear project, which was concerned with addressing the effects of smoking on the foetus. It was explained that an additional 2 days of midwifery time would enable midwives to work alongside the ultrasound scanning department to implement the Babyclear project in May/June 2013. It was indicated that the resources needed to provide these additional days could be considered within the public health budget.

Other suggested areas of recommendation included:

- not smoking in cars whilst children were also in the car
- ensuring appropriate follow up when patients indicated they were
smokers during standard admission questions

The Committee then considered a report informing it of a referral from Council:

'the issue of the investment in tobacco companies by the Teesside Pension Fund be referred to Housing and Community Safety Select Committee, as part of its review of tobacco control'

The Select Committee noted and agreed the referral and identified an additional meeting, for 18 March, to assist in its consideration.
HCS
56/12
There were no additional work programme issues to consider at this time.
HCS
57/12
The Chair had no update to report.

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