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Public Health (Wales) Bill


The Public Health (Wales) Bill was introduced to the National Assembly on 7 November 2016.

The aim of the Bill is to help tackle the challenges facing public health in Wales. While health is improving overall, there are issues for the future that may impact on health. The Bill brings together solutions for protecting health and focuses building on the social conditions that lead to good health, and avoiding those that cause harm.

A range of measures are included in the Bill. If passed, the Bill will:

  • Re-state restrictions on smoking in enclosed and substantially enclosed public and work places, and give Welsh Ministers a regulation-making power to extend the restrictions on smoking to additional premises or vehicles;
  • Place restrictions on smoking in school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds;
  • Provide for the creation of a national register of retailers of tobacco and nicotine products;
  • Provide Welsh Ministers with a regulation-making power to add to the offences which contribute to a Restricted Premises Order (RPO) in Wales;
  • Prohibit the handing over of tobacco and/or nicotine products to a person under the age of 18;
  • Provide for the creation of a mandatory licensing scheme for practitioners and businesses carrying out ’special procedures’, namely acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing;
  • Introduce a prohibition on the intimate piercing of persons under the age of 16 years;
  • Require Welsh Ministers to make regulations to require public bodies to carry out health impact assessments in specified circumstances;
  • Change the arrangements for determining applications for entry onto the pharmaceutical list of health boards (LHBs), to a system based on the pharmaceutical needs of local communities;
  • Require local authorities to prepare a local strategy to plan how they will meet the needs of their communities for accessing toilet facilities for public use; and
  • Enable a ‘food authority’ under the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 to retain fixed penalty receipts resulting from offences under that Act, for the purpose of enforcing the food hygiene rating scheme.

You can read the full text of the Bill and explanatory notes on the National Assembly website.