HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 c1W
Dr. David Clark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department's married housing stock will be moved into the private sector. [3680]

Mr. Arbuthnot

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 30 November,Official Report, columns 810–11, we propose that the Ministry of Defence should transfer ownership of the married quarters estate in England and Wales to the private sector on a series of very long leases, renting back the accommodation which is needed to meet service housing needs. Several thousand surplus properties would be transferred on a freehold basis at the same time. The Ministry of Defence would retain, through the Defence Housing Executive, responsibility for maintenance and the allocation of housing rented by MOD. Further details of this proposal are set out in the preliminary information memorandum published on 30 November, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Anthony Coombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish the preliminary information memorandum on the sale of the married quarters estate. [4168]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The preliminary information memorandum was published on 30 November 1995, and a copy was placed in the Library of the House.

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