HC Deb 03 May 1994 vol 242 cc485-6W
Mr. McAllion

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children were taken into care in Scotland because of homelessness, in each of the 10 years preceeding the implementation of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977.

Mr. Stewart

[holding answer 29 April 1994]: The Homeless Person's Act came into force on 1 April 1978. The available information about the numbers of children taken into care because of homelessness between 1969 —the earliest year for which information is available—and 1974 are as follows. Following reorganisation, the available figures for the years 1976–78 relate to children in care on census day who were admitted to care due to family homelessness.

Number of children taken into care because of homelessness in calendar year
Year Number
11969 526
1970 625
1971 756
1972 774
1973 670
1974 577
1 Year to 30 November.

Number of children in care on 31 March (census date)
Year Number
1976 502
1977 493
1978 496