§ Mr. Jamieson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of empty dwellings owned by his Department in the constituencies of Dorset, North; Dorset, South; and Dorset, West. 
§ Mr. Soames
As at 31 March, my Department owned the following number of empty dwellings in the constituencies in question:
- Dorset, North: 152
- Dorset, South: 175
- Dorset, West: 0
The vacant properties in Dorset, North are being held for a unit deployment from the north of England. Of the vacant properties in Dorset, South, 86 are in the process of being sold. The remainder are either undergoing or awaiting major maintenance work, already allotted to service families due to move in shortly or form part of the management margin needed to ensure that accommodation is available for entitled service families.