Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Supermarkets: Competition

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with supermarket retailers on opening new stores in town centres.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS Ministers have not recently discussed the locations of new store openings with representatives of the major grocery retailers. Such issues are commercial decisions for the companies involved, and local planning decisions rest, quite rightly, with local planning authorities.

The Government are committed to supporting high streets and town centres, as evidenced by our response to the recommendations of the Mary Portas Review.

The new National Planning Policy Framework maintains a strong town centre first policy and makes clear that local councils should recognise their centres as the heart of their communities and pursue policies to support town centre viability. The framework makes clear that we want town centres to be competitive and provide customer choice and a diverse retail offer.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No1 person thinks not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.