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Environmental Health Notices

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many environmental health notices were issued in each London borough since 1997. (87228)

I have been asked to reply.

I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the information requested is not available centrally in the form requested.

Local authorities (LAs) are required to report to the Food Standards Agency the number of food premises subject to formal enforcement action, including those to which written warnings, improvement notices, prohibition orders and emergency prohibition orders were issued. But the monitoring data returns from London boroughs cover the enforcement of both food hygiene and food standards, and the total enforcement action data cannot be divided between the two.

Information on general food law enforcement action by LAs in 2004-05 was set out in the paper presented to the Food Standards Agency Board in February 2006, paper FSA 06/02/04. I have arranged for a copy of the paper to be placed in the Library.