§ Dr. Murrison
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2002,Official Report, column 749W, on married quarters, what plans he has to improve the standard of service families' accommodation in Wiltshire. 850W
§ Dr. Moonie
I regret that the information given was incomplete and gave numbers of houses managed by only one of the four areas of the Defence Housing Executive (DHE) involved. The reply therefore understated DHE's achievement in improving the overall quality of service housing. There are 5,921 properties in Wiltshire, of which 1,389 (23 per cent.) are at standard 1 for condition, 3,404 (57 per cent.) at standard 2, 1,005 (17 per cent.) at standard 3 and 123 (3 per cent.) at standard 4.
There is a major project under way in Tidworth which will provide 484 new properties by 2004. 47 have been completed so far. Additionally, the following upgrade projects are planned for possible implementation in due course, to deliver 696 upgrades at an estimated cost of £30 million: