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Caravan Sites

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Charles Simmons Mr Charles Simmons , Brierley Hill 12:00 am, 19th November 1957

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make it obligatory on owners of caravan sites to provide caravan dwellers on their site with rent books in which the address of the local medical officer of health is clearly stated.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend has no power to do this, and can see no advantage in it.

Photo of Mr Charles Simmons Mr Charles Simmons , Brierley Hill

Surely the Minister realises that health and sanitary conditions on caravan sites are even more important than in permanent dwellings, and, since many caravan owners do not know the address of the medical officer of health, they have to put up with insanitary conditions? Can he do something about it?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Yes, but the proposal in the hon. Gentleman's Question is that this information should be conveyed through the medium of rent books. As these caravans are not subject to rent control. I do not think that that would be the right way.

Photo of Mr Charles Simmons Mr Charles Simmons , Brierley Hill

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will cause a directive to be issued to local authorities containing an indication of the minimum safeguards to be imposed before granting owners of caravan sites a licence to use such sites for caravans used as human habitations.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Local authorities have power to attach conditions to the licences which they grant for caravan sites. My right hon. Friend does not think there is need for him to offer special guidance to local authorities on how they should use this power.

Photo of Mr Charles Simmons Mr Charles Simmons , Brierley Hill

But could not the hon. Gentleman's Ministry which, after all, is concerned about the housing of the people, lay down a specimen set of conditions and rules; and, since many caravan dwellings are held on a weekly basis, can he not give any protection at all in security of tenure?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Of course, there are model conditions in existence already, which some local authorities use. Local authorities, by and large, have this power to set down standards for hygiene, sanitation and so forth, but conditions at the various sites vary so much in different parts of the country that my right hon. Friend does not think it right to issue a general directive.