Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 17 March 2009

Launch of Web Forum

Traditional Retail Markets Inquiry

Parliamentary Committee announces launch of web forum

A cross-party parliamentary committee of MPs today launched a web forum to obtain the views of market traders on whether their markets are thriving or in decline, what makes a successful market and what more could be done€”and by whom€”to support their markets better.

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is running an inquiry into Traditional Retail Markets. The views of market traders are an important component of this inquiry. The web forum will run until Tuesday 28 April and can be found at:

Committee Chair Dr Phyllis Starkey said

"We want to hear from market traders because they are at the heart of our inquiry. If you feel strongly about the future of market trading, please participate in our web forum."

The Committee launched its inquiry in November (see press notice for further details) to examine issues affecting covered and uncovered markets, including specialist markets (e.g. farmers markets) serving local people in English cities and in rural towns. The Committee will consider traditional retail markets today, their social and economic effects, how best to realize their potential and related planning or licensing issues. At the end of the inquiry the Committee will produce a report with recommendations to Government.

The Committee has already visited two London markets as part of the inquiry, and will be visiting 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), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab), Mr Neil Turner MP (Lab), David Wright MP (Lab).

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