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Traveller Caravans

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Traveller caravans there were in England when the Caravan Sites Act 1968 (a) came into force and (b) was repealed; and how many there are now. (206436)

A bi-annual count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans in England has been undertaken since 1979. In January 1979, 8,358 caravans were counted. Part 2 of the Caravan Sites Act 1968, which included a duty on local authorities to provide sites, was repealed in 1994. In July 1994, 12,614 caravans were counted. In July 2007, 17,134 caravans were counted.