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Armed Services Accommodation

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on renting private accommodation for armed services personnel (a) in the last financial year and (b) this financial year to date. [119394]

The following figures show expenditure on substitute Service accommodation in Great Britain rented by the Ministry of Defence from the private sector when accommodation according to entitlement, within daily travelling distance from the work place, could not otherwise be provided for Service personnel and their families.

Financial year 2002–0333.8
1 April to 31 May 20035.7
Roughly one third of the figures quoted is for family accommodation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation was empty in each month since July 2002; and if he will make a statement. [119395]

The figures for empty single living accommodation are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.The approximate figures for vacant Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in mainland United Kingdom at the end of each month from July 2002 to May 2003 are as follows:

July 20029,000
August 20029,100
September 20029,100
October 20029,200
November 20029,300
December 20029,300
January 20039,100
February 20039,200
March 20038,200
April 20038,200
May 20038,300
Since January 2000, some 12,000 surplus SFA have been released for disposal. The disposal programme will continue, but the numbers released are constrained by Service deployment uncertainties.