Gipsy Sites

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:46 pm on 10th July 1990.

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Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Bradford West 9:46 pm, 10th July 1990

In Bradford, there are insufficient permanent sites for travellers who have come to the city over the year and neighbouring authorities have singularly failed to make permanent site provision. Therefore, does the Minister agree that the powers of designation are absolutely worthless? To seek to implement designation is futile because all one would seek to do would be to take caravans to the border of the authority, which would then immediately return. Designation is not an adequate solution to a long-standing problem that has affected administrations of all political persuasions and, over the years, cost the ratepayers of Bradford the best part of £500,000.