§ 25. Mr. Dodds
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the need to have more information in respect of the size of the gypsy problem and the issues involved, if he will cause an investigation to be held on a national basis with a view to finding the best methods of dealing with the situation and so follow the enlightened policies of other European countries in dealing with gypsies.
§ Mr. Powell
My right hon. Friend is prepared to look into particular local problems, but there does not appear to be any need for a general investigation.
§ Mr. Dodds
Is the Parliamentary Secretary not aware that, as these developments take place, the position of the gypsies worsens, even when houses are built against their traditional camps? Is he not aware that local authorities are not solving this minority problem? When will the Government face their responsibilities, as other European Governments have done, to deal with the matter when unnecessary hardship is being created? Is he not aware that, if this position is not remedied, hon. Members on both sides of the House who call themselves Christian should hang their heads in shame?
§ Mr. Powell
All these problems vary from place to place and with the nature of the employment of the persons concerned and the particular difficulties. I am still waiting for the hon. Member to send me details of a particular case which he has in mind.