HC Deb 19 February 1996 vol 272 c2W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will extend the rough sleepers initiative outside London to make provision for night shelters for those who are prevented from using existing accommodation because they are drunk or drugged. [15911]

Mr. Clappison

The Housing White Paper, "Our Future Homes", published on 27 June 1995, said that the Government would continue the rough sleepers initiative in central London beyond March 1996, when it was due to end, and that we would consider assisting the development of the successful RSI model of co-operation between statutory and voluntary sector agencies in other towns and cities where rough sleeping could be demonstrated to be a major problem.

Proposals for taking forward these plans were set out in an interdepartmental consultation paper "Rough Sleepers Initiative: Future Plans", issued on 3 October 1995. A strategy paper will be issued shortly.

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