Squatting

Justice written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to extend the provisions relating to squatting in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to all commercial premises;

(2) if he will consider bringing forward proposals to create an offence of intentional trespass for vehicles in national parks;

(3) when he plans that the provisions relating to squatting in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will be brought into force;

(4) whether he has issued guidance to police forces on the enforcement of the provisions relating to squatting in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

We are aiming to commence section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (offence of squatting in a residential building) later this year. We are working with the Home Office and the police to develop guidance on enforcing the offence. We have no plans to extend the provision to non-residential buildings or land at this stage, but will keep the situation under review.

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