UK bends rule to let diplomats smoke inside during G-20 Summit

March 13th, 2009 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.13 (ANI): British lawmakers are taking the heat for covertly amending a law that will allow leaders and officials to smoke inside the Group of 20 (G-20) economic conference to be held early next month in London.
According to a Daily Mail report, smoking was banned in British workplaces and enclosed public spaces in 2006, but now the law may have changed to allow smoking rooms to accommodate the visiting dignitaries.
It’’s unclear which agency changed the rules, but the event’’s host, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said it was aware of the smoking rooms and will launch an investigation, the Mail reported.
Labour Party lawmakers have been accused of double standards, forcing British businesses to abide by the ban while lifting it when it suits them. (ANI)

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