HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 cc470-1W
Mr. Dickens

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to control the spread of illegal begging on the streets; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Decisions about measures to control illegal begging on the streets are an operational matter for the police. The police have adequate powers to tackle begging and I understand they normally arrest where there is some element of threatening or intimidating behaviour.

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