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Street Trading: Licensing

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his estimate is of the number of valid pedlars' licences in England. (233178)

[holding answer 4 November 2008]: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, as the hon. Member will be aware, the Department is currently conducting a review of street trading and pedlary and has commissioned some research from Durham university. The researchers have made a rough estimate that between 3,000 and 4,500 certificates are issued each year in Great Britain. This estimate is extrapolated from a limited number of police command units that participated in the research. Therefore the numbers should be treated as best estimates only.