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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department assesses the accommodation requirements of service personnel; how often this assessment is reviewed; and if he will make a statement. (196974)

Accommodation requirements are driven by personnel policy, including terms and conditions of service, societal trends (such as the increase or decrease in home ownership and marriage), changing force structures, including repatriation of forces and major initiatives such as the Defence Training Review.

Service living accommodation requirements are assessed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) at a strategic, command and local level to ensure that, where ever possible, good quality living accommodation is provided to service personnel in the right locations to meet current and future defence requirements.

A worldwide audit for all accommodation, both single living accommodation (SLA) and service family accommodation (SFA) is carried out annually to confirm current take-up rates and grading data. Single service requirements are included in the MOD's estate development plans which are regularly updated. Moreover, on a unit-by-unit basis, future SLA requirements are updated on a six-monthly basis.

For SFA in Great Britain, requirements are constantly monitored at a local level by Defence Estates, while the service planning assumptions and policy changes that drive potential changes in future demand for SFA are reviewed quarterly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1348-49W, on military housing, how many thefts have been reported in his Department’s empty houses for (a) single living accommodation and (b) service families accommodation in the last 12 months. (197101)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.