HC Deb 15 April 1965 vol 710 cc234-5W
Lord Balniel

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will advise local authorities that, when 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.