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Caravans Bill

Social Development Minister Alex Attwood paid tribute to John McCallister's hard work as the UUP MLA's private member's Caravans Bill reached its further consideration stage, on February 7 2011.

The bill is designed to offer protection to caravan users with permanent sites and brings the definition of a caravan into line with the rest of the UK.

Mr Attwood proposed a number of technical amendments clarifying the definition of "occupier", and replacing the term "seasonal site" with "caravan site".

The amendments were welcomed by speakers from the other parties.

Fra McCann of Sinn Féin said his party had considered putting up further amendments but had decided against this course of action.

Mr Attwood said that if the bill was enacted it would come into effect later this year.

The Caravans Bill passed its further consideration stage.

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