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Service Families Accommodation

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to (a) reduce use of service families accommodation and (b) increase leasing of private sector accommodation. (91755)

There are currently no plans to reduce the use of UK Service Families Accommodation (SFA) in favour of leasing accommodation from the private sector.

The MOD only leases private sector accommodation in the UK when it has an individual housing requirement that it cannot satisfy with existing SFA or where personnel moves necessitate bulk hirings to meet a short-term need before families settle in the local communities. Where long-term demand exists in cases where there is currently no available SFA, cost-effective PFI schemes are often used to satisfy demand.