§ Lord Balniel
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will advise local authorities that, when 235W exercising their powers to issue licences to hawkers, they shall include a condition that toys and other articles should not be left on the doorstep in plastic wrappers, which can constitute a danger to babies and young children.
§ Mr. George Thomas
Local authorities are not empowered to attach such a condition to hawkers' licences. On the danger to children arising from plastic bags left on doorsteps by house-to-house collectors of old clothing (who need not be licensed), I would refer the hon. Member to the statement I made in reply to Questions by the hon. Member for Croydon, South (Sir R. Thompson) on 4th February.