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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 20th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Jonathan Sayeed Mr Jonathan Sayeed , Bristol East 3:31 pm, 20th February 1992

As he has visited Bristol twice in the past few weeks and has been warmly welcomed by the residents of that great city, my right hon. Friend will be aware that Avon county council has refused to use the criminal law to evict travellers from illegal sites. Consequently, my constituents in Royate hill have for 15 months suffered death threats, violence, crime and squalor. Is it not about time that we had a debate not just on travellers' needs but on residents' rights? May we have a debate on amending the Caravan Sites Act 1968 and section 39 of the Public Order Act 1986?