Skip to main content

Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were living in substitute single service accommodation in each year since 1997. (135415)

Since 1997, the number of service personnel living in Substitute Single Service Accommodation (SSSA) in Great Britain is provided in the following table:

Financial year

Army

Navy

RAF

2006-07

2,536

1,426

906

2005-06

2,120

1,332

865

2004-05

2,006

1,328

816

2003-04

1,841

1,393

687

2002-03

1,683

1,523

587

2001-02

1,606

1,442

455

2000-01

1,382

1,281

385

1999-2000

1,048

1,573

372

1998-99

933

1,508

310

1997-98

665

1,234

199

1996-97

26

100

7

In financial year 1996-97, this Department commenced a new contract with a specialist rented property locator, to provide SSSA across Great Britain. The number of personnel living in SSSA is low for this period, as the contract commenced near the end of the financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether families are allowed to view Ministry of Defence accommodation before occupying it. (141842)

The allocation system does not allow accommodation to be viewed before families move. This is currently being reviewed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service families have been moved from Modern Housing Solutions-maintained accommodation into temporary private accommodation in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (145713)

Officials are working to establish the information requested. Once information is available, 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 how many gas leaks have been reported in Modern Housing Solutions-maintained accommodation in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (145714)

It is not possible to separately identify the number of gas leaks reported.

When occupants of service families accommodation contact Modern Housing Solutions to report a gas leak, the report is passed to Transco, who attend the property to identify the problem and make things safe.