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Departmental Empty Property

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unoccupied properties are (a) rented and (b) owned by his Department in each constituency in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) England; when this figure was last updated; and if he will make a statement. (196970)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps Ministry of Defence police are taking to monitor his Department’s empty properties and protect them against theft or vandalism. (197100)

Empty or void service family accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales is managed by Defence Estates through Modern Housing Solutions (MHS). MHS are required to monitor and carry out periodical inspections of void properties.

The Ministry of Defence police (MDP) will carry out random routine patrols and investigations where tasked to do so. This can take place in various ways, for example through unit beat officers patrolling SFA estates, by an establishment requesting particular policing services, or by MDP acting on specific local intelligence.