Smoking and refreshment

21.39The practice of smoking during any of the proceedings of the House is forbidden.1 Nor may refreshment be brought into, or consumed in, the Chamber, though water is permitted.2


  1. 1. For the orders ‘That no Member do presume to take tobacco in the gallery of the House’ and ‘That no Member do presume to take tobacco at the Table, sitting at Committees', see CJ (1693–97) 137; HC Deb (1919) 117, cc 846–47; in the lobbies and corridors, ibid (1928) 215, cc 348–49; in the division lobbies, ibid (1927) 209, c 1469; ibid (1979–80) 978, c 1882; ibid (1987–88) 140, c 568; in standing committees, see Stg Co Deb (1955–56) Co A (Agriculture (Safety) Bill) c 3.
  2. 2. HC Deb (1970–71) 803, c 1006; ibid (1978–79) 960, c 690; in standing committee, see Stg Co Deb (1955–56), Scottish Co (Food and Drugs (Scotland) Bill) c 578; Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons, November 2018, para 41.