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Travelling People

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on county police forces moving transit Travellers to suitable sites in neighbouring local authorities but within the same police authority. (231005)

[holding answer 28 October 2008]: Government policy on powers to deal with unauthorised encampments by transit Travellers is set out in the “Guide to effective use of enforcement powers” issued in 2006 jointly by the Home Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Government agree with the conclusions of the Final Report of the Independent Task Group on Site Provision and Enforcement for Gypsies and Travellers published in December 2007 that existing enforcement powers are sufficient, and that the key to effective enforcement is adequate site provision. A change to powers to enable police to move transit Travellers to suitable sites in neighbouring local authorities risks de-incentivising adequate site provision.