Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 25 February 2009

Evidence Session

Evidence Session

Traditional Retail Markets
Oral evidence session

The Communities and Local Government Committee announced its decision to launch an inquiry into traditional retail markets in November 2008. The inquiry will consider covered and uncovered markets, including specialist markets (e.g. farmers markets) serving local people in English urban and rural towns and cities. Car-boot sales and markets whose customers are predominantly other professional traders are outside the scope of this inquiry. This the first oral evidence session.

Monday 2 March 2009


  • Ann Coffey MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Markets Industry


  • Dr Sophie Watson, Professor of Sociology, Open University


  • Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, National Market traders' Federation (NMTF)
  • Simon Quin, Chief Executive, Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM)
  • Gareth Jones, Managing Agent, National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association (FARMA)

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, in a Committee Room at the House of Commons. All members of the public entering the Palace of Westminster are subject to security search, so please allow time for this.

Written evidence for this inquiry can be viewed on the Committee website.


Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Jim Dobbin MP (Lab/Co-op), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Mr Bill Olner MP (Lab), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab).

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