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Service Accommodation

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for East Lothian (Mr. Home Robertson) of 5 November, Official Report, column 96, how many houses are in the process of being sold; and what is the average length of time for which these houses have been empty.

No later figures than those previously given are yet available for the total number of houses in the process of being sold. The average length of time these houses have been vacant could only be calculated at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much surplus service property will be made available to housing associations to give temporary help to service personnel in severe housing need;(2) pursuant to his reply of 22 November,

Official Report, column 355, if he will list each announcement made to date about the transfer of service married quarters to housing associations.

Discussions with housing associations are continuing and announcements will be made in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have purchased their homes through the services' discount scheme in each (a) year and (b) quarter since its inception.

Since the services discount scheme was introduced, the following numbers of service personnel have purchased their homes at a discount:

Financial year

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Total

1984–85153
1985–86308
1986–87438
1987–88452
1988–89562
1989–90610
1990–91200247138141726

11991–92

124158282

1 To 30 September 1991.

In addition, some 500 properties are in the process of being sold through the discount scheme.

Quarterly figures are available only from financial year 1990–91.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current backlog of anavoidable and essential repairs for service accommodation at Tidworth garrison.

The current backlog of maintenance for service accommodation at Tidworth garrison amounts to £8·7 million on unavoidable repairs and £2·3 million on essential repairs. An extensive modernisation programme is planned.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state the location of those service properties that are currently being irregularly occupied.

Most service establishments throughout the United Kingom have some married quarters irregularly occupied, but the information is not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the backlog of unavoidable and essential repairs for (a) single accommodation, (b) married quarters and (c) empty accommodation.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave on 14 November at column 671.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for East Lothian, (Mr. Home Robertson), Official Report, column 96, if he will publish the number and location of vacant married quarters that are awaiting (a) unavoidable and essential repairs and (b) urgent repairs.

My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces will write to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current expenditure to date on the work of the service housing task force.

To date, expenditure on the work of the service housing task force, including stall costs, amounts to £173,500.