Malta (Service Accommodation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames 12:00 am, 12th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence for how many Service personnel and for how many members of their families he has accommodation in Malta; and what is the average cost per man per day involved in maintaining a private soldier in Malta, Germany, and the United Kingdom, respectively.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

There is accommodation for 4,015 single personnel and for 2,250 Service families. The average costs are £3 4s., £3 10s., and £3 12s., respectively.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

In view in particular of the cost figures which the hon. Gentleman has quoted, may I ask whether he is considering the sending to Malta of some of the troops who are withdrawn from other stations, using the accommodation there at apparently less cost to public funds than maintaining them in the United Kingdom?

Photo of Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles , Winchester

How long would it be before the alleged extra cost of keeping troops in Malta was amortised and reached a greater figure than the capital sum which would be involved in rebuilding the barracks in Britain?

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

The hon. and gallant Member should give me notice of that question.

Photo of Mr Frank Allaun Mr Frank Allaun , Salford East

As I said a few minutes ago without getting a reply, if these men were brought home and demobilised, since they are either single men or mostly married men with wives living in this country, no or very little additional housing would be required to accommodate them.