HC Deb 16 September 2004 vol 424 cc1682-3WS
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department's Prostitution Initiative affects the residents of Leyton and Wanstead. [187742]

Caroline Flint

On 16 July this year the Home Office published "Paying the Price", a consultation paper on the issues related to prostitution. The consultation exercise, which runs until 26 November, will form the basis for the development of a co-ordinated strategy to deal with prostitution.

The existence of prostitution in a neighbourhood can significantly affect local residents through associated noise and traffic, prostitution-related litter, harassment, anti-social behaviour and criminality. Through the civil and criminal law, environmental means and support for those trapped in prostitution to change their lives, a coordinated strategy for prostitution will enable local partnerships to deliver real improvements for local communities suffering the detrimental effects of prostitution in their neighbourhoods.

Copies of "Paying the Price" have been placed in the Library and are available from the Home Office website at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/inside/consults/index

We welcome views from my hon. Friend and his constituents.

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