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Colchester

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former residential properties of his Department in Colchester constituency were sold in each year since their acquisition by Annington Estates. (195979)

1,394 properties in the Colchester area were included in the 1996 sale and leaseback agreement with Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL). Since 1996, the sale and timing of the sale of those properties has been a matter for the company, and the Department has no relevant information.

However, since 1996, we have returned properties to AHL as follows:

Number returned to AHL

2002

136

2003

45

2004

40

2005

35

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of his Department’s residential properties there are in Colchester constituency; how many there were at the time Annington Estates acquired them; and on what date the acquisition was completed; (195980)

(2) what the average price was for his Department’s dwellings in Colchester constituency paid by Annington Estates.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) sold the majority of its service families accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales to Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL). The sale was completed on 5 November 1996. These properties were then leased by the MOD until it no longer has a use for them and they are returned to AHL for disposal on the open market.

Under the Sale Agreement, the 1,394 SFA properties in the Colchester area were sold to AHL in 1996 at an average cost of £24,888 per property. 1,093 of these properties are still leased by the MOD.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the proceeds from the sale of his Department’s former housing and other land in Colchester constituency, subsequently sold by Annington Estates, were passed to the Government in each year since such sales have taken place; what this represented as a percentage of the sale price in each case; and if he will make a statement. (195982)

Under the terms of the 1996 Sale Agreement with Annington Homes Limited (AHL), the Exchequer receives a percentage of any profit the company makes on the subsequent disposal of houses and land returned to it.

The amounts received in each financial year since then are:

Financial year

£ million

1997-98

2.3

1998-99

3.5

1999-2000

6.8

2000-01

8.0

2001-02

16.8

2002-03

29.9

2003-04

29.9

2004-05

15.2

2005-06

18.4

2006-07

15.0

2007-08

18.20

Total

154.00

1 1 April to 31 December 2007

Information is not held in a way that allows the elements relating to individual areas to be separately identified.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department paid Annington Estates in each year for improvements and modernisation of residential dwellings in Colchester constituency in each year since the company acquired the properties; (195984)

(2) how much his Department has paid Annington Estates in (a) rent and (b) costs of maintenance for residential dwellings in Colchester constituency in each year since the company acquired the properties.

The rental figures paid to Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL) for properties in the Colchester area are as follows:

£

1996

1,014,874

1997

2,528,528

1998

2,528,528

1999

2,672,679

2000

3,106,308

2001

3,103,571

2002

2,870,260

2003

2,762,019

2004

2,894,323

2005

3,482,606

2006

3,501,882

2007

3,556,308

After the sale of the houses to AHL in 1996, the Department retained responsibility for their maintenance and upgrade. Consequently no moneys are paid to AHL for such costs in regard to properties leased for Service use.