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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets he has set for upgrading all single living accommodation to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative; and when he expects these targets to be met. (179928)

The Department's targets only envisage delivering new or improved single living accommodation bed-spaces to the highest standard (grade 1). We plan to deliver some 30,000 new or improved bed-spaces by 2013.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation bed-spaces were upgraded to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative in each of the last four years. (179929)

The Department has targets to deliver only grade 1 bed-spaces. For each of the last four financial years the number of bed-spaces delivered is shown in the following table.

Financial year

Number of new or improved bed-spaces

2006-07

5,565

2005-06

5,540

2004-05

5,635

2003-04

2,915

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many newly-acquired (a) grade 1, (b) grade 2, (c) grade 3, (d) grade 4 and (e) ungraded single living accommodation bed-spaces were added to stock in each of the last five years; and what targets he has for adding new bed-spaces to stock in each grade for charge. (179932)

The Department only targets the delivery of new or improved single living accommodation (SLA) to Grade 1 standard. Numbers of newly built or improved SLA bed-spaces delivered in each year are only available for the last four financial years and are shown in the following table.

Financial year

Number of new or improved bed spaces

2006-07

5,565

2005-06

5,540

2004-05

5,635

2003-04

2,915

The Department will build or improve a further 30,000 bed-spaces to grade 1 standard by 2013.