HC Deb 16 July 1985 vol 83 c78W
Mr. Hancock

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has concerning the number of homeless people in Portsmouth in each half-year since 1979.

Sir George Young

The following table gives the number of households accepted as homeless by Portsmouth local authority in each half-year since 1979.

1979 1st half 75
2nd half 65
1980 1st half 54
2nd half 60
1981 1st half 77
2nd half 71
1982 1st half 65
2nd half 56
1983 1st half 36
2nd half 49
1984 1st half 44
2nd half 109

These figures need to be increased by about 40 per cent. to allow for those households who, although considered to be homeless, received advice and assistance only.

My Department does not collect information on the size of these households.

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