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Service Personnel (Property Ownership)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, in view of the assertion of Service men's rights, notwithstanding the Rent Act 1974 and previous Acts, contained in the letter to the hon. Member for Havant and Waterloo from the Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy, he will arrange for any Service man compelled to incur legal costs to recover occupation of his own property as a result of a tenant observing the advice given by the Department of the Environment in its series of advertisements "Furnished Tenants Faced with Eviction, Don't Move" to be able to recover any such costs in full from his Department, should they not be awarded by the courts.

Such an arrangement would not be appropriate. In these circumstances a Service man is in the same position as any other citizen. He is entitled to claim the costs of his action and this is a matter for the courts.