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Parliament Square

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure the use of land in Parliament Square as a campsite complies with the provisions of the Public Health Act 1936. (158646)

[holding answer 17 October 2007]: The Government are not intending to take any action to ensure Parliament Square as a campsite complies with section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936.

The Mayor of London and the Greater London authority (GLA) are responsible for the management of the central gardens of Parliament Square, including any byelaws under section 385 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. The Mayor has recently made it publicly clear that

“the GLA can no more allow the Square to become an unauthorised camp site than would be the case with any other park or public square in London. Parliament Square does not have the facilities to be a campsite and must be a sanitary and healthy environment for all”.