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Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities do not meet the minimum standards set in relation to the provision of Travellers' sites. (139034)

The Government have established a new framework to increase the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in line with need. Local authorities are required to undertake an assessment of the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in their area, and we understand that these assessments are completed or underway in 90 per cent. of authorities. Regional assemblies then determine need at a regional level and allocate pitch numbers to individual local authorities in regional spatial strategies.

Local authorities will then need to identify land to deliver the pitch numbers identified in their development plan documents.