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CURRY REJECTS '300,000 YOUNG HOMELESS' AS PROPAGANDA

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Environment minister David Curry told the Commons yesterday he did not accept a survey which concluded that 300,000...
Environment minister David Curry told the Commons yesterday he did not accept a survey which concluded that 300,000 young people experienced homelessness last year (WA col 572).

Labour housing spokesman Nick Raynsford, referring to the recent report of an inquiry chaired by Andreas Whittam Smith, said: 'The spectacle of young people begging and sleeping on the streets of our cities is the most terrible indictment of the failure of the government's housing policy.'

But Mr Curry said he did not accept the figures because they were based on a sample survey of single and homeless people taken in 1991, which was extrapolated to 1995.

'Such figures, which are extrapolated, based on unreliable sources and designed for propaganda purposes, are not helpful,' he said.

Earlier Mr Curry - asked what plans he had to extend the rough sleepers initiative - said he was studying a survey undertaken by Shelter into the extent of rough sleeping outside central London, and would announce his conclusions shortly.
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