HC Deb 28 April 1971 vol 816 cc416-7
32. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to provide new living accommodation for sailors and the Women's Royal Naval Service at H.M.S. "Dolphin", Gosport, so that they may vacate the present old and substandard blocks.

Mr. Channon

Construction of new sleeping, dining and recreational facilities is expected to start this autumn and to be completed by the early summer of 1974, at a cost of just over £1 million.

Dame Joan Vickers

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. What is being done in Portsmouth and other areas to provide good accommodation for the Navy ashore?

Mr. Channon

There are substantial redevelopment schemes going ahead, including H.M.S. "Colingwood" at Fareham; H.M.S. "Sultan", Gosport; H.M.S. "Dryad", Southwick; H.M.S. "Mercury", Leydene; and Royal Navy Barracks, Portsmouth. We are in the early stages of planning the rebuilding or modernisation of other naval establishments in the area, notably H.M.S. "Excellent" on Whale Island.