§ Mr. Illsley
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homeless people have been recorded in rural areas in Northern Ireland in each year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Moss
[holding answer 22 April 1996)This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, whose chief executive has advised me that the information is not available in the form requested. The Housing Executive became responsible for providing accommodation for the homeless only in 1989 and maintains statistics by Housing Executive district management area. The statistics do not distinguish between rural and urban areas.