HC Deb 05 June 2000 vol 351 c162W
Dr. Brand

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the outcome of his review of the Pedlars Act 1871. [123582]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The Home Office has considered the scope for reforming street trading and pedlars legislation in the light of the previous Government's deregulation reviews. We intend to discuss shortly with interested parties the deregulatory possibilities for street trading. Reform or repeal of the Pedlars Acts would, we believe, require primary legislation. We are ready to listen to views on pedlars but have no present plans to change the law.