§ Mr. Colin Shepherd
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to control the activities of the itinerant street photographers in front of Buckingham palace.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
I am making arrangements for five photographers to be licensed by my Department to operate in the area in front of Buckingham palace. They will wear distinctive armbands and be obliged to carry their licences with them at all times for checking. My Department will also work out with them an appropriate schedule of charges to ensure value for money. This scheme has operated successfully in Trafalgar square for some years. The positions will be advertised in the press shortly.