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Volume 887: debated on Thursday 6 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is yet in a position to publish the report of the review carried out by his Department into the working of the joint circular—18/74—on homelessness.

The review which has been announced covers the need for new legislation and other matters related to homelessness. Following discussions between the Government Departments concerned a consultation paper will be issued soon to the local authority associations and to representative voluntary and professional organisations. My right hon. Friend is considering how best to make known, in due course, the outcome of the review.