§ Mr. Barry Field
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of vacant prison officers' houses, flats and dwellings on the Isle of Wight that are not required for future use; and what steps are being taken to dispose of those that are surplus to requirements.
§ Mr. John Patten
Approximately 60 prison officers' houses on the Isle of Wight are vacant, of which nine are in process of being sold on the open market. The need to retain the remainder will be reviewed and any which can be declared surplus will be sold on the open market or to prison officers under a newly introduced discount sales scheme.