HC Deb 06 August 1975 vol 897 cc241-2W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many (a) complete families, including the man, and (b) families, excluding the man, were admitted into temporary accommodation for homeless families in 1950, 1960, 1970, 1973 and 1974 in Scotland;

(2) if he will publish in the Official Report the number of families admitted to temporary accommodation for homeless persons in 1974, and break the totals down by reason for homelessness;

(3) what was the total number of persons resident in temporary accommodation for homeless persons provided under sections 21(i) and 26 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 in 1950, 1960, 1970, 1973 and 1974 in Scotland.

Mr. William Ross

The nearest information available is that, during 1973, 1,996 persons in total, including 467 families, were discharged from, and at 31st December 1973 316 persons in total, including 74 families, were resident in temporary accommodation provided by local authorities in Scotland under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. Figures for 1974 are not yet available. Information about reasons for homelessness, and information distinguishing families which include a man from other families, is not collected centrally.