HC Deb 23 July 1973 vol 860 cc293-4W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the number of homeless families in Greater London for each year since 1964.

Mr. Dean

The number of families in temporary accommodation in Greater London at 31st December in each year since 1966, the first year for which statistics are available, was as follows:

1966 1,594
1967 1,753
1968 2,029
1969 2,359
1970 2,820
1971 3,256
1972 1,976
During 1972 a number of London boroughs transferred responsibility for the temporary accommodation of homeless families from social services departments to housing departments. Families living in accommodation provided by housing departments are not included in these figures.