§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will take further steps to assist those service men who wish to own their own houses.
§ Mr. Stanley
Since 1980 local authorities have been able to sell surplus vacant houses at discounts of up to 30 per cent. to first-time buyers. I am now introducing a similar scheme for service men in respect of surplus married quarters that can be sold individually. As from 1 December 1983 these surplus quarters will be offered for sale to service men at discounts of 30 per cent. Priority will be given to those with the longest service. This new scheme for selling surplus quarters at a discount will be of material help to many service men and women who are wanting to move into home ownership, especially those who are coming towards the end of their service careers.