Amendment 55ZB

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (2nd Day) – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 13th December 2021.

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Baroness Whitaker:

Moved by Baroness Whitaker

55ZB: Clause 63, page 59, line 11, at end insert—“(1A) The occupier, a representative of the occupier or a constable may only make a request under subsection (1)(d) if they have ascertained from the local authority within whose area the land is situated—(a) that there is a suitable pitch for P’s caravan or caravans and P’s other vehicles and property on a relevant caravan site, or(b) that, within 48 hours of their receiving notice of P’s presence on the land, a suitable pitch for P’s caravan or caravans and P’s other vehicles and property will become available within a negotiated stopping site in the local authority’s area.(1B) A “negotiated stopping site” is a site in respect of which an agreement has been reached between the local authority within whose area the site is situated and the trespassers which allows them to stay temporarily on a particular piece of land which is not an official site, in return for which the trespassers agree to certain conditions relating to, but not limited to, behaviour, tidiness of the site, the length of stay and payment for water, refuse collection and other utilities.”

Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

My Lords, I am extremely grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken so eloquently in this debate. It is of great importance to some very beleaguered communities. I too note the widespread and authoritative emphasis on enabling local authorities to provide enough sites. I understand that the Minister is bound to follow the instruction to implement a manifesto commitment and stick to the disproportionality of Clause 63, but I think we need to strike a better balance. I therefore wish to test the opinion of the House.

Photo of Baroness Henig Baroness Henig Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

There being an equality of votes, in accordance with Standing Order 55, which provides that no proposal to amend a Bill in the form in which it is before the House shall be agreed to unless there is a majority in favour of such an amendment, I declare the amendment disagreed to.

Ayes 171, Noes 171.

Division number 2 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (2nd Day) — Amendment 55ZB

Aye: 171 Members of the House of Lords

No: 171 Members of the House of Lords

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Amendment 55ZB disagreed.

Amendment 55ZC not moved.