§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people are homeless in(a) Coventry and (b) the west midlands. 
§ Mr. Clappison
Local authorities in England report to my Department, on their quarterly P1E return, the number of households for whom they accept responsibility to secure accommodation under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1985.
The latest estimate for the west midlands appears in table 2 of "Households found accommodation under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 Housing Act 1985: England. Statistics for the fourth quarter of 1995".417W
The latest reported figure for Coventry appears in the associated supplementary table.