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Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the standard of accommodation for UK troops serving in Iraq (a) now and (b) in 2003. (114765)

The condition of camps and in particular the accommodation for UK troops in Iraq has been routinely monitored since the start of operations in 2003 and we have striven to make constant improvements where necessary. The exact type of accommodation will vary from base to base and would include for example fixed living accommodation and tented accommodation. To improve comfort levels for troops we seek to reduce the occupancy levels in rooms to below the occupancy rate that the accommodation was designed to hold, where space permits. However, where this is not possible we endeavour to ensure that the design occupancy levels for accommodation are not breached.

To further improve conditions for troops, a package of operational welfare provisions is also afforded to troops. This includes fitness facilities, retail and leisure facilities, TVs, VCRs/DVD machines, playstations, radios, videos/DVDs/games, newspapers, magazines, books, internet facilities, telephone facilities and a host of other facilities.