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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

Is he able to say whether married officers of the British and United States Armed Forces are provided with married quarters in which all furnishings down to cutlery are provided by the Government.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Investigation shows thai the British Armed Forces have both furnished and unfurnished married quarters. Whilst it is understood to be the aim to provide service housing for all those who require it, there are currently waiting times of up to 6 months. Furnished married quarters are provided with all furnishings down to cutlery. This however reflects in the rental, which is higher for a furnished married quarter than for an unfurnished one. The United States Armed Forces provide married quarters only when housing is not available in the local community. These quarters are not normally provided with furniture or furnishings by the Government, though certain basic items of furniture are often supplied as fixtures or fittings. Smaller items, such as cutlery, are nol provided. Rental is charged for service quarters, although a basic quarters allowance is paid to each member whether he rents service or private quarters.

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