HC Deb 11 June 1984 vol 61 c341W
Sir Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the number of persons coming within the definition of gipsies under the Caravan Sites Act 1968; and what was the number when the Act came into effect.

Mr. Macfarlane

In 1982 there were estimated to be 30,000 persons in England who came under the definition of gipsy in the Caravan Sites Act 1968. In 1965 there were estimated to be 15,000 gipsies in England and Wales but in 1967 this was considered to be an underestimate of the true number.