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Departmental Land

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of land owned by his Department is unused; and if he will make a statement. (193010)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) keeps its estate in Great Britain (around 240,000 hectares) under continual review to ensure that it is no larger than is required for defence purposes. Land and property may be temporarily used for many purposes and no central record is maintained.

Under Treasury guidelines, we seek to dispose of surplus property as quickly as possible. A list of sites either currently in disposal or where a decision has been taken to dispose in the future is available in the Library of the House and is regularly updated. In addition, information regarding property for sale can be found on the Defence estates website at:

www.defence-estates.mod.uk