§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were discharged from prison without permanent accommodation in which to live during the last year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. John Patten
This information is not collected centrally. The prison and probation services promote various initiatives to provide accommodation for homeless discharged prisoners. The Home Office allocates £5 million a year to provide 4,500 bedspaces in some 350 accommodation schemes.