HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 c72W
40. Mr. Ridley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are being housed in hotels by the Supplementary Benefits Commission; what is the price per head per night; and what he estimates is the annual cost to Exchequer funds.

Mr. Dean

The Supplementary Benefits Commission has no power to provide housing and does not house people in hotels. When a family is homeless and alternative temporary accommodation is not immediately available, local authorities sometimes arrange for them to be housed temporarily in bed-and-breakfast accommodation to avoid taking the children into care. The cost of these arrangements is borne mainly by local authorities.