Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 6:31 pm on 27th November 1991.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 6:31 pm, 27th November 1991

I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The hon. Member for Acton announced that about 1,800 places had been provided, as a direct result of Government initiatives, for people who otherwise would be sleeping rough. According to the Government's statistics, that means that between 7,000 and 8,000 people are still sleeping rough every night of the week. Those statistics were given to a Select Committee last year by the permanent secretary to the Department of the Environment. Either they have gone down, or they have stayed the same. It means that about 5,000 or 6,000 people are sleeping on the streets of London and elsewhere. The Government are complacent and smug. They have acted too late and have not done enough.