HC Deb 21 May 1993 vol 225 cc356-7W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what studies he has commissioned of the environmental and pollution consequences of a reduction in the number of public conveniences and an increase in the incidence of sleeping rough.

Mr. Baldry

None, although as part of independent research into the effectiveness of the first phase—1990–93 —of the Government's £96 million rough sleepers initiative, a count undertaken by voluntary organisations last November found that the number of people sleeping rough in central London had fallen to around 420, down by more than a half from estimates of over 1,000 before the initiative began.