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Long Firm Freddie Folklore: Britannia Coco-nut Morris (56* d) RE: Folklore: Britannia Coco-nut Morris 28 Nov 13

Here's the question asked of the Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs on 21st Nov which I think is what Sue must have heard about on her car radio:

Jake Berry (Rossendale and Darwen) (Con): The Britannia Coco-nutters, led by their longest serving member, Dick Shufflebottom, have danced in Bacup in my constituency for the past 156 years. They survived the depression, two world wars and the winter of discontent, but it looks as though their boundary dance may not
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survive the health and safety inspectors from Rossendale borough council and Lancashire county council. Will my right hon. Friend ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to come to the House and make a statement about how the Britannia Coco-nutters can be accommodated for generations to come?

Mr Lansley: I am interested to learn about this from my hon. Friend as, I am sure, are my hon. Friends at the Department for Communities and Local Government. If the matter relates to the Health and Safety Executive in particular, the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, our hon. Friend the Member for Wirral West (Esther McVey), who I know takes a common-sense view of things, will be happy to talk to my hon. Friend about how such provisions are properly applied in this case.
(A search on Bacup will find the relevant extract)


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