asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish his estimate of the total cost to local authorities of providing temporary shelter to homeless families in 1987–88, in so far as it constitutes a component in the total grant-related expenditure assessments for local authorities for that year.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the number of people accepted as being homeless and those placed in bed and breakfast accommodation is rising or falling.
Regrettably, both homeless acceptances and the use of bed and breakfast are increasing. Expenditure on temporary accommodation is not separately identifiable within GRE assessments since they relate to authorities' needs to spend, not to estimates of expected expenditure.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will state the number of those for whom local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland respectively, accepted responsibility for securing accommodation who were outside Great Britain a year earlier; what was their place or country of origin; and if he will make a statement.
The information available to the Department is that, in 1986, some 4,000 households accepted as homeless by local authorities in England were outside Great Britain a year earlier. For the position in Wales and Scotland, I refer my hon. Friend to the respective Secretaries of State.