HC Deb 22 April 1964 vol 693 cc172-3W
Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters are being built during the coming year for families of the Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force; and whether, in view of the present shortage, he will agree to the provision of caravans.

Mr. Thorneycroft

At the present time there are about 5,550 married quarters under construction in this country for families of the three Services. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Public Building and Works expects to complete rather more than 3,000 of these during the present financial year and at the same time to start work on about 4,500 additional married quarters. Abroad there are about 750 married quarters under construction at the present time of which 500 will be completed this year; a further 300 are planned to start by the end of March, 1965.

I am certainly prepared to consider the provision of any kind of accommodation in non-permanent construction (including caravans) where this will help to meet acute difficulties and this has, in fact, been done satisfactorily on various occasions.

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