HC Deb 11 January 1999 vol 323 cc78-9W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assistance he plans to provide to homeless people in Wales over winter. [64804]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones

Last month, local authorities, working with the voluntary sector, were invited to submit bids for grants to provide further assistance to rough sleepers over the winter. Fourteen applications have been received and I will write to my hon. Friend shortly with details of successful bids and place a copy in the Library. During the current year, the Welsh Office has also allocated £350,000 for rough sleeping projects and £315,000 towards the running costs of 3 organisations concerned with preventing and alleviating homelessness.