HC Deb 31 January 1977 vol 925 cc39-40W
Mr. Viggers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was, for the latest convenient time, the total number of Service houses or accommodation units that are maintained on behalf of his

All Services Percentage RN/RM Percentage Army Percentage RAF Percentage
1970–71 12.5 10.9 14.0 10.0
1971–72 13.2 12.5 14.2 10.5
1972–73 12.3 12.0 12.7 10.6
1973–74 11.8 12.1 12.4 10.1
1974–75 10.9 10.4 11.4 10.5
1975–76 10.2 9.6 10.5 10.2
1976–77 (to 31st December 1976) 10.9 10.4 11.1 10.7

Regional figures for officer entrants to the three Services and for all entrants to the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service are not readily available, as these are recruited centrally.

Department; and if he will give a breakdown showing (a) the number currently occupied by Service families, (b) the number currently unoccupied but available for occupation, (c) the number unoccupied but not currently available for occupation, giving the main categories of reasons for such unavailability, (d) those occupied by families who have been given notice to leave following the conclusion of the Service man's period of service, and (e) any other substantial category not covered in (a) to (d).

Dr. Gilbert

According to the latest available information, there are about 105,000 Service married quarters, hirings and Ministry of Defence civilian staff houses, in the United Kingdom. Of these:

  1. a. About 92,300 are occupied by Service personnel and Ministry of Defence civilian staff;
  2. b. About 6,800 are unoccupied and available for occupation;
  3. c. Those vacant for "management reasons" are:
    1. (i) About 3,000 on change of occupant;
    2. (ii) About 3,300 for refurnishing, modernisation, installation of new heating systems, conversion and other maintenance tasks;
  4. d. Approximately 600 married quarters and hirings are occupied by ex-Service men.

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