Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The hon. Lady makes a very important point. If someone is given a short sentence, it can mean that they lose their home, which would put them in a more difficult position, and then on their release they would be at much greater risk of rough sleeping. We are looking at our options, and I welcome her support. We are running pilots at Pentonville, Bristol and Leeds to see what we can do to address the problem of rough sleeping.