HC Deb 17 June 1980 vol 986 c468W
15. Mr. Needham

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many houses owned by his Department are vacant in the parliamentary constituency of Chippenham; and what percentage this represents of the total number.

Mr. Hayhoe

There are about 630 vacant Ministry of Defence houses in the parliamentary constituency of Chippenham, representing 30 per cent. of the houses held in that area. We plan to dispose of half of them this year and more later, as the surplus quarters are identified. Not all vacant married quarters are surplus; some are awaiting repair or modernisation or are held against future requirements.