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Service Accommodation

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation properties in the United Kingdom are (i) standard 1, (ii) standard 2, (iii) standard 3 and (iv) standard 4. (101049)

There are 49,022 SFA properties in the UK. Of these 2,191 have been identified as no longer required by the Ministry of Defence and will be disposed of in due course. The remainder (46,831) is in the following table:

Service Families Accommodation (SFA).

Standard for Condition

Number SFA

Percentage SFA

1

27,687

59

2

16,916

36

3

2,089

4

4

139

1

As at November 2006 there are 137,282 SLA properties in the UK. The delivery of SLA within the UK is undertaken through a number of contractual arrangements and is assessed by “Grade for Charge” rather than “Standard for Condition”. “Grade for Charge” does take into account the condition of the SLA, but also includes scale, environment and the location of SLA as part of its assessment. The “Grade for Charge” for SLA is in the following table.

Single Living Accommodation (SLA)

Grade for Charge

Number SLA

Percentage SLA

1

24,254

18

2

23,261

17

3

22,931

17

4

66,836

48

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) building and (b) the upkeep of armed forces’ housing in each year since 1996, broken down by service. (117180)

[holding answer 22 January 2007]: The following table gives the expenditure on Service Families Accommodation housing in Great Britain in each year since 2001-02. It is not possible to provide information prior to this date or broken down by Service as this would be at disproportionate cost. Information on expenditure on housing overseas cannot be separately identified except at disproportionate cost.

£ million

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

(a) New building

25.3

25.5

25.2

12.1

28.0

(b) Maintenance

123.0

92.0

103.0

91.6

109.2

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average annual rent a serviceman in the British army paid for accommodation in 2005-06. (111361)

Accommodation charges are recommended annually by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) based on broad comparability with costs in the relevant civilian comparators. With effect from 1 April 2005, service personnel occupying Service Families Accommodation in England, Scotland and Wales and Overseas, would normally have paid accommodation charges of between £1.66 and £19.91 per day (depending on the type and grade of the accommodation allocated and furniture status). In addition, they would have paid Contributions in Lieu of Council Tax (CILOCT) of between £2.14 and £4.70 per day. Single personnel occupying Single Living Accommodation (barracks) in the same locations would normally have paid accommodation charges of between £0.46 and £5.10 per day depending on grade and rank, plus CILOCT of between £0.08 and £0.25 per day. Details of charges are contained in the relevant annual Armed Forces Pay Review Body report, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.