As a member of the Ministerial Group on Sexual Offending, I work closely with Home Office colleagues to ensure that the work of the group, which includes prostitution, addresses women's needs. I was actively involved in the launch of the prostitution strategy on
The Government have looked very carefully at managed areas, and the recent prostitution consultation document, Paying the Price", specifically invited comment on this option.
There is no real evidence that formal managed areas can deliver what we want in terms of improving the safety of those involved in prostitution, and improving the safety and quality of life within those communities affected. We are committed to listening to the concerns of the community, which has a significant part to play in the development of an effective local response to prostitution.