HL Deb 10 December 2003 vol 655 cc68-9WA
Lord Patten

asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25 February 2002 (WA 199) in respect of rough sleeping in the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral, how many people in the Government's Homelessness Directorate are involved in attempting to reduce the numbers of those sleeping rough in the area. [HL217]

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker)

The Government's Homelessness Directorate employs 50 full-time civil servants. The directorate is split into different areas of responsibility, which includes the implementation of supporting people, bed and breakfast, homelessness and rough sleeping. The Rough Sleeping Team consists of six members of staff who work with all local authorities across England with the aim of assisting them to reduce rough sleeping in their areas.

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