Gerald Jones MP

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Defence Questions - January 2018


Earlier this afternoon at Defence Questions, I asked the Minister what plans are in place once armed forces housing is sold off.

Gerald Jones MP (Shadow Minister for Defence): We know that the Conservatives have a poor record when it comes to making decisions on armed forces housing. The 1996 sell-off is the prime example of that. The Ministry of Defence is planning to sell a number of sites as part of its changes to the defence estate, but it is unclear what will happen to the housing stock on those sites. Will the Minister tell us what plans are in place for that housing when the sites are sold?

Tobias Ellwood MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Defence): Stepping back from Defence questions, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will be aware of the need for more housing in this country. The Ministry of Defence owns 2% of UK land, and it is important that we do our job in freeing up land that we no longer need and that is surplus to requirements in order to make way for new housing. That is exactly what we are doing, and we have started off with an announcement on 91 sites.

You can also watch the exchange here:

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