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Gypsies and Travellers

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what revision to any regional spatial strategy relating to accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers in the south-east of England has been made. [HL700]

The South East England Partnership Board submitted its review of Policy H7 of the South East Plan—provision of new pitches that each local authority should provide for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople to Government in June 2009.

Consultation on the revision closed on 1 September 2009. An examination in public is scheduled to be held in February 2010.

Following the examination, the panel will publish a report before further consultation and final publication of the revised policy.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when an order to commence the provisions of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 with regard to Gypsy and Traveller sites will come into force. [HL701]

The Government plan to commence Section 318 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by order on 6 April 2010.

Following a period of consultation, the Government also plan to introduce an order that will commence on 6 April 2010 and will make amendments to Schedule 1 to the Mobile Homes Act 1983. This order would be made under Section 2A of the 1983 Act and will therefore be subject to affirmative resolution procedures and debate in both Houses.