Monday 13th November 2023

(6 months, 1 week ago)

Ministerial Corrections
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Debate on the Address
The following is an extract from the Debate on the Address on 7 November 2023.
Chris Bryant Portrait Sir Chris Bryant
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I am very grateful to the Prime Minister. Bearing in mind that a significant proportion of people who sleep rough are Army veterans and people with acquired brain injuries, does the Prime Minister agree with the Home Secretary when she says that homelessness—sleeping rough—is “a lifestyle choice”? If he does not, will he sack her?

Rishi Sunak Portrait The Prime Minister
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I am not sure about the link between that and energy security, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that thanks to the efforts of my right hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer), veterans’ homelessness is at record low levels in this country. Rough sleeping overall is down by around a third since the peak, thanks to the actions of this Government and in particular the landmark Homelessness Reduction Act 2017—passed by this Government—which has helped relieve or prevent more than 640,000 people from becoming homelessness.

[Official Report, 7 November 2023, Vol. 740, c. 21.]

Letter of correction from the Prime Minister.

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for Rhondda (Sir Chris Bryant). The correct response should have been:

Rishi Sunak Portrait The Prime Minister
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I am not sure about the link between that and energy security, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that thanks to the efforts of my right hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer), veterans’ homelessness is at a near record low in this country. Rough sleeping overall is down by around a third since the peak, thanks to the actions of this Government and in particular the landmark Homelessness Reduction Act 2017—passed by this Government—which has helped relieve or prevent more than 640,000 people from becoming homelessness.