§ Sir Richard Body
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice and guidance he has given in the last 12 months to chief constables about the treatment of travellers. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
Last August, the Government announced and published revisions to the Joint Home Office and Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions guidance on managing unauthorised camping. The revised version removed the term "toleration" in relation to the decision as to whether to take action to evict travellers. It also clarified the guidance on eviction, setting out the statutory powers and taking into account court rulings on the use of those powers. I understand that the Association of Chief Police Officers has revised its operational guidelines to reflect these changes.