HC Deb 12 April 1967 vol 744 cc1187-8
20. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

asked the Secretary of State for Defence by what date, according to his present plans, the shortage of barracks and married quarters in the United Kingdom will have been eliminated.

Mr. Boyden

Our aim is to provide Service men with well-designed modern accommodation, either in the form of barracks or permanent houses for all families entitled to them. Under present plans, our building programme for this will be completed about 1973–74 for married quarters and four or five years later for barracks.

Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

Does that mean that the implication that caravans and mobile homes are not likely to be needed after Christmas is no longer valid?

Mr. Boyden

No, Sir, but caravans and mobile homes will be used to the very minimum.

Mr. Powell

Does the hon. Member's estimate take into account the withdrawals from Germany?

Mr. Boyden

The permanent programme to which I was referring was devised, and is carrying on, largely without that in mind, but there is some slack in the system to take this up. Withdrawals from Germany, should they occur, will largely be accommodated in temporary barracks which are available now.