§ 42. Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he is proposing to take to deal with the increasing numbers of homeless people in Greater London.
§ Mr. Amery
Homelessness arises from a number of factors, including social and personal problems as well as housing shortage. I am continually in touch with London Boroughs about the provision of houses.
Hon. Members will also be aware that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services has set up a working party to consider other aspects of homelessness. I shall be represented on this.
§ 65. Mr. Richard
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has for alleviating homelessness in the London Borough of Hammersmith.
§ Mr. Channon
My Department is continually in touch with Hammersmith on all aspects of the housing shortage, and the means of dealing with them. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services has set up a working party on which my Department and London Boroughs are represented to consider aspects of homelessness.
§ 81. Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussion he proposes to have with the Housing Department of the London Borough of Wandsworth, in an effort to reduce the increasing number of homeless families in the borough.
§ Mr. Channon
My Department is continually discussing with Wandsworth all aspects of the housing shortage and means of dealing with it. I understand that new accommodation recently made available by the Council will make a substantial contribution to the problem of homeless people in the Borough.