HC Deb 13 December 1962 vol 669 cc555-6
30. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will call for a special return from the local authorities concerned to show how many homeless or evicted persons in metropolitan Essex have been accommodated temporarily during the last 12 months; and in what areas this has been done.

Sir K. Joseph

I am informed that the Answer to the first part of the Question is 576 persons. The accommodation provided was at Hornchurch, Abridge, Leytonstone, Stanway, East Ham and West Ham.

Mr. Sorensen

May I ask whether the Minister is aware that in some areas of metropolitan Essex this type of accommodation for homeless and evicted persons is fully occupied and people have to be sent great distances? In those circumstances, can he say what he is doing to provide more accommodation?

Sir K. Joseph

With the greatest sympathy, may I tell the hon. Gentleman that this is a question for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.