§ Mr. Soley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the comparative public sector revenue costs of housing homeless families in(a) Greater London, (b) other metropolitan authorities and (c) English non-metropolitan areas by (i) providing them with newly built council dwellings, (ii) providing them with council dwellings newly acquired from the private sector and improved for letting and (iii) providing them with bed-and-breakfast accommodation; and if he will publish these figures on a comparable basis with those in his answer to the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) on 23 February 1989, Official Report, column 741.
§ Sir George Young
[holding answer 11 March 1992]: I have looked carefully at the basis on which such an answer can be given and have concluded that the information is not available in a form which enables a valid comparison to be made.