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Travellers/Gypsies

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the definition is of (a) a traveller and (b) a gypsy as far as planning law is concerned. [130435]

For the purpose of planning, a gypsy is a person of nomadic habit of life, whatever their race or origin, who wanders or travels for the purpose of making or seeking their livelihood. Members of other groups who do not meet these criteria are not treated as gypsies for planning purposes. For the purposes of planning law, there is no definition of traveller.