HC Deb 21 July 1953 vol 46 cc210-1W
Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current annual cost of the Camberwell resettlement unit; what other such units exist in Great Britain and what is the cost of each; what plans he has for the Camberwell resettlement unit and other such units; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

The following is the information requested:

Annual cost of the Camberwell Resettlement Unit 2,065,286
Annual cost of the 22 other Resettlement Units
Camden 200,806
Cedars Lodge, Battersea 331,355
*Bridge House, Notting Hill 349,472
*Spur House, Lewisham 465,587
Pound Lodge, Willesden 266,146
Lancelot Andrewes House, Southwark 261,523
West End House, Soho 336,741
*Alvaston, Derby 204,928
Brighton 116,886
*Crown Quay Lodge, Sittingbourne 221,004
*Fazakerley, Liverpool 220,011
*Bishopbriggs, Glasgow 315,293
*Leeds 255,220
*Glen Parva, Leicester 272,702
*Newbury 235,322
*Plawsworth, Co. Durham 288,345
*Southampton 253,183
*South Wales, Bridgend 220,682
*Walkden, Manchester 252,969
*West Midlands, Stourbridge 301,845
*Winterbourne, Bristol 199,122
*Woodhouse, Sheffield 233,488


1. Costs are for the financial year 1981–82, the latest complete year for which the information is available.

2. The foregoing figures exclude Property Service Agency costs for building maintenance and repairs which, in 1981–82, totalled £1,518,548 for all 23 units.

* The figures for these centres include the costs of the reestablishment centres which share the same site; these costs are not readily identifiable.

The programme for the replacement of Camberwell resettlement unit was announced on 20 November 1981. —[Vol. 13, c. 264.] This included plans for the closure of the 550 beds unit by December 1985 and for the provision, over the period 1981–86, of 985 bed spaces in hostels, the funding of which would be provided by the Department of the Environment, the Housing Corporation, and the DHSS. To date 240 bed spaces in 27 projects have been approved.

As regards the other 22 resettlement units, the Government are still considering whether and, if so, what, changes in provision are required.