HC Deb 02 November 1949 vol 469 cc385-6
35. Sir R. Ross

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what progress has been made with the provision of married quarters to ranks and ratings at the home ports.

Mr. W. Edwards

It is not Admiralty policy to build married quarters at the home ports. Priority is being given to building quarters at isolated naval establishments where there is little or no chance of naval personnel obtaining accommodation through the local authorities.

Sir R. Ross

Has the Civil Lord found very unsatisfactory conditions in the married quarters in the home ports, in view of the great effect that this matter has on recruiting and upon retaining in the Service those who might otherwise leave it?

Mr. Edwards

I cannot agree with either of the points mentioned by the hon. Member.

Mr. Medland

Can the Civil Lord inform the House when he proposes to implement the undertaking which he gave in his speech on the Estimates with reference to the Royal Devonport Naval Barracks?

Mr. Edwards

That is an altogether different question from married quarters.

Commander Maitland

Does the Civil Lord's statement mean that such married quarters as exist at present in the home ports will be abolished?

Mr. Edwards

No, Sir.