HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 cc196-7W
Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many new dwellings have been built for Royal Navy families; where these are situated; and what is the total number available.

Mr. Foley

There is a large and continuing naval married quarter building programme. Since April, 1963, we have built the following married quarters:

Portsmouth 2,040
Plymouth 600
Scotland 650
Naval Air Command (at air stations in various parts of the United Kingdom) 900

The total amount of accommodation (married quarters and hirings) at present in the United Kingdom for naval families is approximately 13,200.

Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in view of the fact that in future fewer Royal Navy families will be able to obtain overseas postings, what will be the conditions for occupation of service tenancies in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Foley

With our new married quarter building programme we do not expect that the naval married quarters position will become more difficult. Any future changes in the rules for eligibility are therefore likely to be relaxations rather than restrictions.