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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of accommodation for phase 3 of the Army Recruiting and Training Division draft Management Plan 2007; and if he will make a statement. (138745)

The Army Recruiting and Training Division (ARTD) maintains a running assessment of the volume, standard and availability of its accommodation. Based on current, predicted patterns of attendance, this is assessed to be sufficient to deliver phase 3 training in financial year 2007-08. Army accommodation, including that in ARTD, is subject to ongoing upgrade programmes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was charged for damages to occupants of Modern Housing Solutions housing in each financial year since 1997. (139769)

Modern Housing Solutions has been responsible for maintenance of service families accommodation in England and Wales only since 2006.

Relevant records of charges since 1997 are not held centrally and service housing has been subject to changes of organisation. It will take a little time to determine what details are available and in what form. Once our inquiries are complete, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Occupant's Handbook will be made available to occupants of Modern Housing Solutions housing. (139770)

It is planned that the Occupant’s Handbook will be issued to occupants of Service Families Accommodation (SFA) worldwide during the summer. It applies to all occupants of SFA and is not limited to those properties maintained in England and Wales by Modern Housing Solutions.