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Volume 649: debated on Thursday 23 November 1961

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59 and 60.

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) in what way his Department is informed of the position in England and Wales of people living in unsatisfactory conditions in caravans, shacks or motor vehicles; and if he will take steps to obtain more detailed information, as the situation is now deteriorating;

(2) if he will request all local authorities to supply him with details of problems involving gypsies and other travellers with a view to securing co-operation where necessary to find a satisfactory solution.

So far as my right hon. Friend is aware, there is nothing in the present situation which makes investigations of this kind necessary. This is essentially a problem to be dealt with locally. My right hon. Friend thinks he can rely on the local authorities to let him know if they encounter any special difficulties.