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Pedlar ban bid stalled in Commons

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Pedlars differ from street traders who pay the council for a licence

A bid to ban pedlars from the streets of Bournemouth by the local council has been stalled in the House of Commons.

The Parliamentary Bill will be heard again on June 19 after the second reading on Thursday ran out of time.

The council claims it is too easy for pedlars to set up business with little regulation as all they need is a 13 licence from the police.

But supporters say the practice has been around for centuries and they provide a valuable public service.

'Piecemeal legislation'

Mark Smith, head of tourism at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: "The trouble is pedlars can get a certificate for 13. It is a few pence a day, and can take business away from others who pay much more.

"We've had incidents where people have sold goods and can't get refunds, we've had people given tattoos that have poisoned them, we can't have dangerous goods on the streets."

But MP for Christchurch Chris Chope said: "I think this bill is unsatisfactory, we are talking about piecemeal legislation.

"There will be different rules in Bournemouth to Christchurch and other areas, it's absurd.

"The person who founded Marks & Spencer started life as a pedlar. It is a way an entrepreneur can start in business."

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