§ 27. Sir A. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the lack of accommodation for young married soldiers at Bordon Camp, where the 800 soldiers under 26 years of age who are on the unauthorised married establishment at this station are paying as much as 15s. a week for a single room; what proportion of such men's pay this payment represents; and whether he has under consideration any scheme which will solve this difficulty?
§ The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)
The problem of accommodating the families of married soldiers under the age of 26 is one for the local authorities concerned. The problem arises at practically all military stations, and is not peculiar to Bordon, where, I may say, the known number of such cases is not 800 but about 150. I understand that at Bordon the local authorities have the matter under consideration in consultation with the military authorities concerned.
§ Sir A. Knox
In view of the fact that the conditions in which young married men live act as a deterrent to the enlistment of other men, surely the Department had better not take young married men unless it is able to provide married-men's quarters for them?
§ Sir V. Warrender
Young men are warned that if they marry under the age of 26 they do so on their own responsibility.
§ Mr. Godfrey Nicholson
Is the Minister not aware that this matter has reached the level of a positive scandal all round Aldershot and the neighbourhood, and 1974 will he either take some definite steps or listen to representations which I or other hon. Member's make?
§ Sir V. Warrender
My hon. Friend could not have heard the last part of my answer, in which I said that the local authorities were in consultation on the matter.
§ Mr. Nicholson
Is the Minister aware that this matter has been going on for a very long time, and that the scandal, far from decreasing, is increasing?