§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list estimate on a monthly basis for the cost to public funds of providing service accommodation for a(a) private, (b) corporal, (c) lance corporal, (d) sergeant and (e) staff sergeant in (i) the Regular Army and (ii) the Military Provost Guard Service. 
§ Mr. Soames
[holding answer 20 January 1997]: I regret that the information requested is unavailable in the format requested. Houses are allocated to service personnel by size of family of family and not by rank and the requested figures for a breakdown by rank would not therefore be available.33W
The married quarters estate in England and Wales has recently been sold to Annington Homes; the MOD leases back the quarters required at the same cost whether they are occupied by Military Provost Guard Service or by full engagement regular service personnel. In addition, my Department pays the costs of maintenance, the upgrade programme, administration of the Defence Housing Executive and the inherent costs of asset ownership in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
MPGS soldiers will be allowed to occupy married and single accommodation on the same terms as full engagement regular service personnel for the duration of the pilot scheme, where this accommodation is available. The MPGS investment appraisal reflected this last factor.