Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 5 March 2009

Traditional Retail Markets inquiry

Parliamentary Committee to visit Ridley Road market and Chapel market

A cross-party parliamentary committee of MPs will be visiting Hackney and Islington on Tuesday 10 March to look at two successful traditional retail markets; Hackney's Ridley Road market and Islington's Chapel market.

During the visit the Communities and Local Government Select Committee will meet market traders, market organisers and local Councillors.

The visit is part of an inquiry launched by the Committee in November into Traditional Retail Markets (see press notice for further details). This inquiry is considering covered and uncovered markets, including specialist markets (e.g. farmers markets) serving local people in English urban and rural towns and cities. The Committee will consider traditional retail markets today, their social and economic effects, how best to realize the potential of traditional retail markets, and related planning and licensing issues. At the end of the inquiry the Committee will produce a report with recommendations to Government.

There will be opportunities for short interviews with the Chair as well as filming or photographs during the visit€”by arrangement between 0930 hrs and 1345 hrs. To arrange this please contact the Media Officer (see details below).

The Committee intends to make a further visit, to Leicester market, on Tuesday 24 March.


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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