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Travelling People: Lancashire

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of Travellers residing in Lancashire in each of the past five years. (127095)

Communities and Local Government do not collect information on the number of Gypsies and Travellers in each local authority area. However, it does publish a count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans in local authorities in England twice yearly. Copies of the latest publication “Count of Gypsy caravans on 19 July: last five counts” have been distributed to the Libraries of the House. An electronic version is available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1153575

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what area of land in Lancashire is set aside for Travellers to reside on. (127096)

Communities and Local Government publish a list of Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by local authorities and RSLs in England twice yearly. Copies of the latest publication, “Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by local authorities and RSLs in England—19 July 2006”, have been distributed to the Libraries of the House. An electronic version is available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1153575

This does not include private sites.

Local authorities will need to allocate land for Gypsy and Traveller sites in their Development Plan Documents to meet the pitch requirements set out in Regional Spatial Strategies.