HC Deb 12 April 1967 vol 744 cc1200-1
51. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence for how many Service personnel and for how many members of their families he has accommodation in Malta; and what is the average cost per man per day involved in maintaining a private soldier in Malta, Germany, and the United Kingdom, respectively.

Mr. Boyden

There is accommodation for 4,015 single personnel and for 2,250 Service families. The average costs are £3 4s., £3 10s., and £3 12s., respectively.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In view in particular of the cost figures which the hon. Gentleman has quoted, may I ask whether he is considering the sending to Malta of some of the troops who are withdrawn from other stations, using the accommodation there at apparently less cost to public funds than maintaining them in the United Kingdom?

Mr. Boyden

No, Sir.

Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

How long would it be before the alleged extra cost of keeping troops in Malta was amortised and reached a greater figure than the capital sum which would be involved in rebuilding the barracks in Britain?

Mr. Boyden

The hon. and gallant Member should give me notice of that question.

Mr. Frank Allaun

As I said a few minutes ago without getting a reply, if these men were brought home and demobilised, since they are either single men or mostly married men with wives living in this country, no or very little additional housing would be required to accommodate them.

Mr. Boyden

I cannot accept that.