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I have no power to take any action in the matter. I am informed that during the last nine months the police have taken proceedings in 121 cases for obstruction by traders in the Hertslet Road area. The enforcement of the law relating to street trading is a matter for the borough council.
Is the Minister not aware that the borough council is powerless to act in this matter unless the police take action and that this illegal trading is of long standing, causing considerable annoyance to people of the neighbourhood? Will he not consider what further steps can be taken to deal with it?