"Soup runs for the homeless will not be banned from a part of central London after a council U-turn, MPs were told today.
Commons leader Sir George Young said Westminster City Council was now taking an "enlightened approach" and would allow soup runs for the capital's rough sleepers.
There had been protests against the local authority's plans, which it said were justified because the handouts from the area around Westminster Cathedral kept the homeless on the streets for longer than necessary.
The council also sought to introduce a by-law to ban rough sleeping around cathedral.
Today, Sir George said the Tory-run authority was now seeking a "non-legislative approach" but soup kitchens were more desirable when operating from "established" buildings rather than on-the-street.
He told shadow Commons leader Hilary Benn: "The portfolio holder at Westminster City Council (Cllr Daniel Astaire) has made it clear he wants a non-legislative solution. He plans to have discussions with those running the soup runs.
"It is already the case that two soup run providers have agreed to provide their services within a more settled environment and I welcome that.
"You might also look at some of the comments made by those helping rough sleepers about the desirability of trying to focus the soup runs within an established building rather than having a magnet which attracts rough sleepers from all over the capital.
"I very much hope we are at one on rough sleepers and that we can support Westminster City Council and the enlightened approach which they are now taking"