HC Deb 05 May 1993 vol 224 cc151-2W
Mr. Martlew

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all the listed buildings currently owned by his Ministry; which he intends to sell; how many have been sold in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The following properties are currently for sale: Inverary pier, Faslane; Royal Marine barracks, Eastney; 28A Colliergate drill hall, York; former officers' mess, Maidstone; Forthside house, Stirling; Penisula barracks, Winchester and Bawdsey manor.

In addition, we are disposing of Royal William yard and Mount Batten tower in Plymouth which will be transferred to the Plymouth urban development corporation and Paterchurch tower, Pembroke dock which will be transferred to Pembrokeshire district council.

Other listed buildings have been indentified as possibilities for sale but have not yet been placed on the market. We intend, however, to review systematically all our historic buildings to determine which should be retained by the Ministry of Defence, in their current or alternative use, and which should be disposed of expeditiously to ensure their preservation by finding a suitable alternative use.

Information on sales in the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.