HC Deb 24 June 2002 vol 387 cc715-6W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many traveller(a) caravans and (b) families were on unauthorised sites within the Borough of Bournemouth in each year since 1997. [63325]

Mr. McNulty

The ODPM does not collect cumulative figures for unauthorised gipsy and traveller encampments. A biannual count of gipsy caravans camped on both authorised and unauthorised sites is carried out by local authorities each January and July. The figures are collated by the ODPM. The count gives a snapshot figure for the day the count is carried out. A copy of the statistics is placed in the Library of both Houses. Since 1997 the figures are as follows:

  • Unauthorised caravans:
  • January 2002—None
  • July 2001—None
  • January 2001—None
  • July 2000—4
  • January 2000—14
  • July 1999—29
  • January 1999—None
  • July 1998—None
  • January 1998—None
  • July 1997—42
  • January 1997—None.

Figures for families have been kept only since 1999. A count is carried out at the same time as the count for gipsy caravans and therefore is a snapshot figure.

  • Families
  • January 2002—None
  • July 2001—None
  • January 2001—None
  • July 2000—04
  • January 2000—13
  • July 1999—29
  • January 1999—None.

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