HC Deb 19 November 1996 vol 285 cc506-7W
Ms Mowlam

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homeless people there are in Northern Ireland; and how many of these are under 18 years of age. [3855]

Mr. Moss

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The chief executive has advised me that it is not possible to give the number of people who are homeless at a particular time. However, information available is as follows:

Year Total1 Under 18
1995–96 4,319 195
1996–972 2,421 109
1Accepted as in priority need and awarded priority status.
2From April 1996 to September 1996.
The total number presenting as homeless for 1995–96 was 10,468 and from April to September 1996 was 5,678.