Clause 1 — Duty of local housing authority to formulate a housing strategy

Part of Orders of the Day — Homelessness Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 22nd October 2001.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, Cotswold 9:00 pm, 22nd October 2001

I thank the Minister for her very full reply. I would have more sympathy with her rejection of all our amendments if it were made in a different climate. Against the background of a rising number of priority homeless people and those housed in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, I am a little sceptical about all these matters being put into the guidance and about whether they will affect the situation. However, we shall have to wait and see. The time is getting late and we want to allow enough time for Third Reading. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn