Mr. Robert G. Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money will be made available for the development of the two direct access hostels in Lambeth and Islington to meet long-term emergency housing needs in north and south London; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
I have been asked to reply.
The Resettlement Agency is committed to completing the Camberwell replacement programme including assisting with the funding of a further two direct access hostels. As there have been no viable proposals for these hostels, none of the agency's funding has been allocated for them. Should such proposals be received they will be considered by the chief executive who will weigh them alongside the rest of the agency's replacement priorities.