§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of personnel accommodation are vacant in each county in England and Wales, and in each region in Scotland.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Records are not maintained by counties in England, but at 31 March 1992, the latest date 183W for which figures are available, there were 9,002 MoD-owned service married quarters and civilian residential dwellings vacant in England, Wales and Scotland out of a total stock of 69,841. This excludes barrack and mess accommodation.
Region Vacant England Yorkshire 596 Northern 88 North West 126 South East 3,715 South West 1,617 East Anglia 566 East Midlands 700 West Midlands 322 Wales Clwyd 45 Dyfed 19 Gwent 17 Gwynedd 31 Powys 17 South Glamorgan 105 Scotland Borders 19 Dumfries and Galloway 1 Fife 117 Grampian 277 Highlands 15 Western Isles 48 Shetlands 6 Lothian 174 Strathclyde 318 Tayside 63 Total 9,002
Many of these properties were undergoing major works or modernisation, some were already allotted to service families who were due to move in shortly, and others were being considered for disposal. In addition, some 1,850 properties were in the process of being sold.