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Unauthorised Encampments: Research Project

Volume 591: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What were the terms of reference for an investigation by Pat Niner of Birmingham University School of Public Policy on local authority powers to deal with unauthorised encampments; and whether they will ask the researchers to consult Members of both Houses who spoke in the debates on the Criminal Justice Act 1996 before publishing their findings. [HL2395]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Baroness Hayman)

We are placing in the Library of the House a copy of the department's outline specification for the research project on unauthorised camping.

On the question of consultation, I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave on 25 June (Vol. 591, col. 46–47 of Hansard).