To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) whether he has made any plans to extend the squatting provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to public parks;
(2) what discussions he has had with representatives of the police on the commencement of the squatting provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
My officials have been working closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government to liaise with the police, local authorities and homelessness organisations to raise awareness of the offence and to prepare for commencement. One of the keys to effective enforcement will be joined up working between the different agencies. We are not planning to extend the offence to land at this stage, but will keep the situation under review.