Trespass

Home Office written question – answered on 18th June 2019.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to undertake a public consultation on proposals to strengthen police powers in response to trespassing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for his Department to undertake a review of the potential criminalisation of unauthorised developments.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

On 6 February, the Home Secretary announced a set of measures to extend powers available to the police, which we believe will enable unauthorised encampments to be tackled more effectively. The Written Ministerial Statement can be found at https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-02-06/debates/19020635000011/EnforcementAgainstUnauthorisedEncampments.

The Home Secretary also made clear that the Home Office would conduct a review into how the Government can criminalise unauthorised encampments. This review is currently underway, and a public consultation will be launched on the final set of proposals this summer.

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