HC Deb 16 February 1999 vol 325 c644W
Mrs. Laing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on homeless initiatives on in 1996–97,1997–98 and 1998–99. [70316]

Mr. Macdonald

Expenditure by The Scottish Office on homeless initiatives in 1996–97, 1997–98 and provision for 1998–99 is set out in the table:

1996–97 1997–98 1998–99
Scottish Office grants to voluntary bodies 354,000 454,000 577,000
Rough sleepers initiative 2,173,000 3,331,000
Total 354,000 2,626,000 3,908,000

In addition, local authorities in Scotland and Scottish Homes commit resources to help meet the needs of the homeless through their ongoing housing programmes.

From 1 July 1999 this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.