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|13 Jul 2018, 1:39 p.m.||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)|
Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the high street in England for communities; and of the future of the high street.
Answer (Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth)
High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our Great British high streets thriving now, and in the future. We want to see vibrant hubs where people live, shop, use services, and spend their leisure time, and that includes a welcoming and safe night-time economy.
This is why I have announced that my Department will launch a call for evidence over the summer looking at the future of our high street. I intend to establish an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting the health of our high streets and advise on the best approach for their revival.
In addition, during Great British High Street Week in July, Ministers from my Department and across government are currently visiting high streets to discuss the issues they face.