London Local Authorities Bill [ Lords] (By Order)

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:10 pm on 13th October 2010.

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Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 3:10 pm, 13th October 2010

I have sympathy with the sentiments expressed by my hon. Friend Philip Davies, because we do not want to have a complicated provision that penalises everybody when, often, the actions of an irresponsibility minority are to blame. Does my hon. Friend Mike Freer agree that some of the more innovative work has been undertaken in the City of Westminster, although not exclusively there, and that it has aimed at ensuring that as part of a licensing arrangement some of these fast-food outlets must have full-time staff employed outside their establishment-within about 100 yards of it-to ensure that litter is not disposed of there? That takes place at the Oxford street McDonald's, but I am sure that it is not the only establishment where such an arrangement is in place. I hope that such an approach would get around the concerns expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley. That sort of voluntary arrangement made at the outset should be encouraged.

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