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Caravan Sites Bill [HL] 2012-13

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    Lords Private Members' Bill

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  • Third Reading: House of Lords Third Reading: House of Lords

    17 Dec 2012

    The Bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

Summary

A Bill introduced by Lord Avebury to make provision to secure the establishment of caravan sites by local authorities in England for the use of Gypsies and Travellers.

The measures aim to re-introduce the duty on local authorities to provide or to facilitate the provision of authorised sites for Gypsy and Traveller communities first laid out in the Caravan Sites Act 1968.

The Bill was introduced to counteract measures put forward by Conservative MP Simon Kirby to grant stronger powers to local authorities and police for the eviction of unauthorised encampments. The Bill aims to act as a means of emphasising that the answer to the 'problem' of unauthorised encampments and unauthorised developments is the provision of sites. 

The Bill received its first reading during the 2010-12 Parliamentary Session on 1 December 2011, however, due to prorogation the Bill was dropped.  Lord Avebury has re-tabled the Bill for the new Session.