HC Deb 15 January 1974 vol 867 cc64-5W
Mr. John Wells

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to enable him to give assistance to local authorities where gipsies and other travellers are causing special health and educational problems.

Mr. Graham Page

I do not think this is necessary. The solution to such problems lies in the provision of proper sites. Under the Caravan Sites Act 1968 the responsibility rests with local authorities, and expenditure on providing and maintaining sites already qualifies for rate support grant.