HC Deb 06 March 2003 vol 400 c1234W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans to bring forward legislation for stronger enforcement powers for the police to move on unauthorised traveller camps for(a) those local authorities who have adequate site provision in their area and (b) those local authorities who have been unable to provide sites in their area; and if he will make a statement. [99495]

Mr. Denham

Last July, we announced proposals for new eviction powers for police to deal with unauthorised encampments. These new powers will allow police to take firm action against unauthorised encampments, without the pre-conditions found in the current legislation, where local authorities have made adequate site provision which may be temporary. We will bring forward legislation when parliamentary time allows. Where local authorities have not made adequate site provision, current eviction powers will still be available.