HC Deb 29 April 1964 vol 694 cc68-9W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in view of the facts submitted to him in letters from the McKay family, of 36, Great Southern Road, Aberdeen, and of the service of Mr. McKay in the Territorial Army, he will reconsider his decision not to provide the family with living accommodation in Army quarters; and why he took this decision.

Mr. Ramsden

Married quarters in the United Kingdom are provided for the accommodation of serving officers and soldiers and their families at their duty station. When a soldier leaves the Army he is no longer entitled to live in an Army quarter. If married quarters are occupied by people not entitled to them, some serving officers and soldiers will remain unnecessarily separated from their families.

Mr. McKay was discharged from the Army in February, 1964, and has already had a considerable period of grace in which to find alternative accommodation. The married quarter which he is occupying is required by a serving soldier and I confirm the decision that he must leave it.