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Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with local authorities regarding the acceptance by them of a certificate of impending discharge as evidence of impending homelessness.

The code of guidance on homelessness issued by the Department of Environment provides advice to local authorities on the acceptance of certificates of impending homelessness for service personnel who are shortly to leave the services. It is not normal practice to produce separate certification of impending discharge, but certification will be provided if it is requested by individual local authorities.