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Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if more help in terms of beds and supporting hostels for Great Britain's homeless alcoholics will be provided as soon as possible.

Circular 21/73 outlined the funds available to voluntary bodies from central sources for the expansion of hostels for alcoholics. Since April 1973 grants to 14 projects in England and Wales, providing 148 beds, have been approved. One local authority hostel providing 12 beds has also been opened. A further five projects, providing 44 beds, are under consideration. I am always willing to consider further applications. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland will reply separately.