High Streets and Town Centres

One-off evidence session held.

The Committee held a one-off oral evidence session with Mary Portas on her review into the future of high streets and town centres. The Committee may decide to have a full inquiry into this topic later in the Parliamentary session.

The Committee asked for questions from the public to help inform its questioning.


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Related information

The Government asked Mary Portas to carry out an independent review on the future of our high streets. The report was published in December 2011

The Government published its response to the Portas Review in March 2012

The Government published a progress report in July 2013