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Gipsy Gamps (New Forest)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the sanitary conditions existing in the Gipsy encampments situated in the New Forest; and what action was taken by the Ministry in respect of these encampments subsequent to the correspondence between the Forestry Commission and his Ministry in June, 1944.

Yes, Sir. The conditions in these camps have been under observation for some time past. One of my medical officers made a further inspection in August, 1944, and found the conditions improved. The rural district councils who are the responsible authorities were requested to carry out regular inspections, though I appreciate that until adequate staffs are available frequent visits may be difficult to arrange