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Roadside Canteens

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many mobile canteens are at present operating on laybys and verges adjacent to trunk roads which are not under the control of local authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions his Department has, under Section 124 of the Highways Act, ordered the removal of roadside canteens which have established themselves without planning permission on trunk roads; whether he is satisfied with the present arrangements for allowing the setting up of canteens and snack bars on trunk roads on laybys and grass verges; and if he will make a statement.

None in recent years. Roadside canteens provide a service for road-users and my right hon. Friend does not seek their removal unless they cause danger. Compliance with planning legislation is a matter for the local planning authority.