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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Service Families Accommodation properties were upgraded to Standard One in each financial year since 1997. (153387)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: The number of Service Families Accommodation (SFA) properties upgraded to our highest ‘Standard One for Condition’ in each financial year since 1999 is:

Number

1999-2000

2,393

2000-01

2,700

2001-02

3,870

2002-03

1,440

2003-04

1,402

2004-05

2,610

2005-06

1,705

2006-07

1,215

Records pre-dating 1999 are incompatible and inconsistent with those now held due to changes in data collection and standards measured.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of service families accommodation (SFA) and single living accommodation (SLA) in the UK will be at standard (a) 1 and (b) 2 after his Department's planned programme of expenditure over the next 10 years; and by what date he expects all SFA and SLA to be at standard (i) 1 and (ii) 2. (160026)

[holding answer 22 October 2007]: The total number of service families accommodation (SFA) which will be retained in 10 years' time is dependent on wider rationalisation and disposal decisions yet to be taken. Under the housing prime contract, a survey is underway on SFA which will inform future upgrade plans. It would be premature to predict at this stage how many properties will be at a particular standard in 2017. The upgrading of properties is, however, proceeding and at present some 95 per cent. of SFA is at the top two standards for condition. This includes increasing the condition of properties at the top Standard from 40 per cent in 2001-02 to 59 per cent. now.

So far as single living accommodation (SLA) is concerned, the current programme extends to 2013 and by then we anticipate that 52 per cent. (70,000 bed-spaces) will be at the highest standard (Grade 1), with a further 14 per cent. (19,000 bed-spaces) at Grade 2.