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Immigrants: Housing

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1827W on immigration: housing, what record is kept of the number of private sector providers of property for the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) transferring existing property to the private rented market; how many private sector providers provided property to NASS in each year since its inception; and how many private sector properties were provided for NASS in the same period. (208764)

The United Kingdom Border Agency does not keep a record of the numbers of properties transferred to the private rented market. However I do refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 336W.

The number of private sector accommodation providers used since the inception of the National Asylum Support Service in 2000 has changed over the years. During the whole period 2000 to 2003 there were 10 private sector providers providing property to NASS. The numbers of private providers reduced to nine in 2004 and the original 10 providers reduced to seven in 2005. In 2006 replacement accommodation contracts were awarded to nine private sector providers. This figure has recently reduced to eight.

We do not hold records of the numbers of properties procured by accommodation providers because the contracts are framed in terms of outcomes.