Below is the text of Mr Major’s Parliamentary written question on Roadside Trading, published on 20th January 1981.
Mr. Major Asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is satisfied with the powers currently available to local authorities to control unauthorised roadside trading and snack bars; and when he expects to announce the result of his review concerning the possibility of instituting a licensing scheme to cover such activities.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke The powers available to local authorities to control roadside trading on the whole appear to operate satisfactorily. A licensing scheme for roadside traders has been suggested by the local authority associations and the Department has been considering this, among other suggestions for improvements in existing powers. We will be holding further discussions with the associations shortly.