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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE TACKLES ITS EMPTY SERVICE HOUSES

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The ministry of defence has exceeded its target for the disposal of surplus Service quarters by more than 25%, Nich...
The ministry of defence has exceeded its target for the disposal of surplus Service quarters by more than 25%, Nicholas Soames, minister for armed forces said today.

In reply to a parliamentary question Mr Soames detailed the disposal of 5,348 houses in the period April 1995 to Summer 1996. The MOD's target for disposal, agreed with the department of the environment as part of the government Empty Homes programme, was 4,000.

Commenting on this success in a speech to the Empty Homes Agency Conference, Colin James, chief executive of the Defence Housing Executive which manages Service housing for the MOD, said:

'This represents the disposal of one house every 35 minutes of every working day of the 18 month target period.

'The ministry of defence remains committed to reducing its holding of surplus property and has formulated a multi-faceted strategy to help solve the problem. Homes regarded as permanently surplus will continue to be disposed of, either by transfer to Annington Homes under the terms of the sale contract for the Families Quarters Estate in England and Wales or by sale on the open market in Scotland.

Others, identified as temporarily surplus, will be considered for short term letting. The disposal of surplus homes remains a high priority for the MOD'.

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