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[Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing) 2:30 pm, 13th November 2018

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. The point that he is making is very pertinent to South Yorkshire, where we had the terrible child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham. As a consequence, both Rotherham and Sheffield have very high licensing standards for our taxis, with CCTV required in Rotherham. However, operators and licensed drivers from other areas can come in and completely undercut those measures, as well as all the efforts to tackle the prevalence of grooming gangs and their ability to exploit young children in South Yorkshire. I add my voice to the cross-party call for national minimum standards, which are vital to prevent such exploitation.