§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total number of young homeless persons accepted by local authorities as vulnerable by reason of financial or sexual exploitation, as laid down in the code of guidance to the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, for each of the years 1978, 1979 and 1980, and for the first six months of the current year; whether he considers that the provisions of the Act sufficiently protect these young homeless persons; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
Numbers of homeless persons accepted by local authorities as vulnerable by reason of financial or sexual exploitation are not separately identified in the statistics provided to the Department. The operation of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977 is currently under review, and it would be inappropriate at this stage to prejudge the outcome on any particular issue. We hope to conclude the review fairly soon.