Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet

Part of Adjournment (Easter, May, Whitsun, Summer, Conference, November and Christmas) – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 21st February 2012.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green 9:00 pm, 21st February 2012

My hon. Friend has made a good point. Those of us who have had to implement widespread CPZs in our boroughs know that wherever there is a crossover edging must be allowed on either side, and wherever there is a junction there must be regulation on yellow lines and on signage. CPZs are not only increasing street clutter but, as my hon. Friend has pointed out, reducing the amount of parking, which is already at a premium in London.

Like my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset, I take the libertarian view that regulation of, and taxes on, legitimate businesses are excessive, and I should like to do everything possible to ensure that that burden is reduced. But until the Government bring forward a true bonfire of regulation and a true reduction in business taxes, and until we can achieve the utopia for which we strive, we have to live in the real world and deal with a pressing problem that is affecting London residents.