Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) estimate and (b) provision he has made for expenditure by local authorities on opening sites for temporary accommodation by Travellers in the coming financial year. [155549]

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    Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made ?8 million available for 2004?05 via the Gypsy Sites Refurbishment Grant. Bids for 2004?05 are currently being evaluated.

    It is for local authorities to determine, based on an assessment of need, whether they will bid for funding from this grant, or make provision from their own resources.