§ 17. Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the impact on the demand for local authority housing of the acceleration of retirement from the armed forces under the "Options for Change" programme.
§ Sir George Young
Inquiries by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence about the intentions of people leaving the armed forces under the "Options for Change" programme indicate that they will be dispersing around the country. This means that the 759W number of housing applications to any individual authority is unlikely to be significant. Officials will continue to monitor the position in succeeding phases of the programme.