§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the practice known as shop squatting in vacant retail premises; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
We have received representations from a number of hon. Members and others about squatting in vacant shops. We are examining the law as it affects the unlawful occupation of buildings generally to assess whether any change is needed, but we have not yet reached conclusions.