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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4299..

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The changes to business programs are due to a change in the policy focus not staff cuts. There has been a move away from grant-based project support to individual firms, and toward more general services focused on enterprise capability improvement. The following grant or incentive based programs are no longer being offered:

    • Knowledge Fund;
    • Export Growth Program ;
    • Accelerating Business Innovation Program;
    • Indigenous Business Development Program;
    • ACT Business Incentive Fund.

(2) The impact has not been measured.

(3) The Small Business Commissioner and the support services provided under this function has been disbanded. The Government's discrete sector development support activities have also been scaled back in line with the changed policy focus.

Cigarettes and tobacco—smoking bans

(Question No 1438)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Health, on 12 December 2006:

(1) What action is the Minister taking to enforce the smoking ban in pubs and clubs;

(2) Have there been any breaches of the arrangements;

(3) What impact has the measure had on ACT pubs and clubs to date.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The exemptions under the Smoking (Prohibition in Enclosed Public Places) Act 2003 ceased on 30 November 2006. The effect of the exemptions ceasing is that from 1 December 2006, all enclosed public places are now required to be smoke free.

Since 1 December 2006, officers of the Health Protection Service have conducted random inspections to determine compliance with the legislation requirements. Random inspections will continue until 21 December 2006.

From 1 January 2007, as a result of a transfer of responsibilities incorporated in the 2006-2007 Budget, officers of the Department of Justice and Community Services will undertake inspections.

(2) The inspections have not detected any non compliance with the legislation.

(3) There is no evidence available at present to indicate any impact upon clubs and pubs.

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