Homes Bill

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Mr. Mullin: I do not have the precise figures to hand—although I shall get them in due course—but I dispute those the hon. Gentleman gives for the situation at the end of his Government's period in office.

Mr. Loughton: The figure that was accepted was a fall from 1,000 to 286 between 1991 and the end of the previous Government. The RSU says that there are now 540 rough sleepers in London. The situation had improved, and I was about to refer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Skipton and Ripon saying that the value of the unit must be assessed by its final output. Given that exit strategies are already being considered, he said that the measures must be preventive. Otherwise, when the RFU disappears and the pot of money is no longer provided, the figures will rise again.

I am grateful for the Minister's clarification and accordingly beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Further consideration adjourned—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]

Adjourned accordingly at three minutes to Five o'clock till Tuesday 30 January at half-past Ten o'clock

The following Members attended the Committee:
Gale, Mr. Roger (Chairman)
Ainsworth, Mr. Robert
Buck, Ms
Clifton-Brown, Mr.
Curry, Mr.
Foster, Mr. Don
Hope, Mr.
Iddon, Dr.
Loughton, Mr.
Love, Mr.
Mullin, Mr.
Raynsford, Mr.
Thomas, Mr. Gareth
Waterson, Mr.

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