HL Deb 25 June 1998 vol 591 cc38-9WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What reports and representations they have received about the death of six year-old Patrick Dooley in the course of an eviction from land in Edmonton on 6 May; and whether they are satisfied that police forces and local authorities are fully aware of their responsibilities in respect of evictions under Order 113 or the Criminal Justice Act 1996 respectively. [HL2314]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

Officials from the Home Office and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions have been in contact with the Metropolitan Police and Enfield Borough Council about this tragic incident. Correspondence on the subject has been received from the Friends, Families and Travellers Support Group and a telephone call has been received from a member of the public. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions are satisfied that the police and the local authorities are aware of the terms of their powers in relation to trespassers and unauthorised campers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, of civil powers to regain land under Order 113 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, and of guidance in relation to welfare considerations.