Today at Business questions Sir David asked the Leader of the House to find time for a debate on the future of travelling shows and fairs after we leave the EU.
Travelling fairs have provided local communities with entertainment for hundreds of years, with the families who operate them being free to move around Europe. In recent years, fairs have suffered from dwindling customer numbers and face many problems without uncertainty surrounding their freedom of movement after Brexit.
As Chair of the APPG on Fairs and Showgrounds Sir David is passionate about supporting the fairground community.
Sir David asked the Leader of the House: “Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the future of travelling shows and fairs? As chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on fairs and showgrounds, I know that this family-based sector has made representations about falling customer numbers and is concerned about the effects on the workforce of changes to freedom of movement once we have left the European Union”.
Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom replied: “My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. Travelling fairs and shows are a brilliant source of fun for families, and they contribute a lot to a thriving cultural scene and local economies. The Government have made clear our commitment to EU citizens who have come to the UK to make their living, and they are welcome here beyond our departure from the EU. A Westminster Hall debate might be a good way in which to raise this matter further”.