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Resettlement Units

Volume 205: debated on Tuesday 3 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) under the revised strategy for the future of the resettlement units (a) to which voluntary agencies the resettlement units will be transferred, (b) what discussions have been held with voluntary organisations, local authorities and other interested parties concerning the proposal to transfer responsibility for the resettlement units, and (c) if it is intended to re-establish the regional review groups;(2) following the transfer of the resettlement units to voluntary organisations,

(a) if the planned closure of the units and the rehousing of residents to suitable accommodation will still take place, (b) if the voluntary organisations taking responsibility for the resettlement units will be able to use the proceeds from the sale of land and buildings arising from the closure programme to fund replacement beds and (c) if resources made available to voluntary organisations include an allowance for inflation for both capital and revenue costs.

The management of the Resettlement Agency is a matter for Mr. Tony Ward, the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member and copies will be placed in the Library and the Public Information Office.