HC Deb 16 September 2003 vol 410 cc666-7W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made in controlling illegal camping. [129066]

Ms Blears

The Anti-Social Behaviour Bill currently before Parliament includes a new eviction power to deal with unauthorised encampments. This new power will allow the police to take firm action against unauthorised encampments, without having to satisfy the preconditions found in the current legislation, where there are places available on local authority sites.