HC Deb 13 February 1984 vol 54 c58W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many emergency hostels for the homeless there are in each English region; how many closed during 1983; and how many new ones were opened.

Sir George Young

The information requested on emergency hostels in each region is not available to the Department. However, the single homeless and other groups with special needs are benefiting from the Government's hostels initiative whereby in 1983 the Housing Corporation approved the provision of hostels and other shared housing in each of its regions as follows:

Region Schemes Bedspaces
London 131 1,302
West 45 478
East Midlands 21 177
West Midlands 28 309
North East 35 375
North West 27 304
Merseyside 7 72

In addition, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services provides 21 resettlement units in England for people without a settled way of life. None was closed or opened in 1983 and the numbers in each region are as follows:

Region Resettlement Units Bedspaces
London 8 930
South Eastern 4 274
South West 1 112
East Midlands 2 204
West Midlands 1 123
Yorks and Humberside 2 192
North Eastern 1 112
North West 2 145