HC Deb 19 December 1989 vol 164 cc174-5W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Social Security what special resources have been made available to support the homeless and destitute over the Christmas period.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The social security system provides substantial help for the homeless and destitute at all times of the year. The Government are keeping under review whether special emergency arrangements are necessary to meet special problems and, if so, what form of help would be most effective.