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Travelling People: Caravan Sites

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions Gypsy and Traveller camps have been found by courts to have breached planning regulations in each of the last three years. (210622)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on (a) the provision of new Gypsy and Traveller sites and (b) the refurbishment of existing Gypsy and Traveller sites in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England in each year between 2008 and 2012. (210623)

The Department for Communities and Local Government provides Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant for the provision of new Gypsy and Traveller sites and the refurbishment of existing sites in England. £33 million is available for the Grant in 2008-09, £32 million in 2009-10, and £32 million in 2010-11, of which £2 million in each year has been allocated to the north west. The bidding round for 2008-09 closes on 31 July.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsy and Traveller camps there were in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last three years. (210625)

A bi-annual count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans is undertaken by local authorities and published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Although the count lists authorised public sites it does not list authorised private sites or unauthorised sites.

The following table sets out the number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans counted in the last three years in both Lancashire and England.

Number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans

Lancashire

England

2005

January

223

15,369

July

216

15,863

2006

January

262

15,746

July

220

16,367

2007

January

282

16,611

July

261

17,134