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Gypsies and Travellers

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments have been completed; whether they will identify those which have not included the needs of travelling show people; and how the needs of this latter community are to be covered by the regional spatial strategies. [HL3459]

Information collected in March showed that accommodation needs assessments for Gypsies and Travellers were underway, or had been completed, in 90 per cent of local authorities. We do not hold information centrally on whether these assessments have included the needs of travelling showpeople.

Consultation on revised planning guidance for travelling showpeople has recently ended. We are analysing the responses to this consultation, and will be publishing a final version in due course. The issues raised by the noble Lord on regional spatial strategies will be among those considered in this process.