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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid in each year for improvements and modernisation of residential dwellings since Annington Homes acquired the former Ministry of Defence housing stock. (199228)

In Financial Year 2007-08 we spent some £32 million on Service Family Accommodation (SFA) as part of life-cycle maintenance activity (for example replacing bathrooms, kitchens or boilers) in addition to some £18 million spent on upgrades.

The former Defence Housing Executive (DHE) was responsible for the maintenance and new build of housing in Great Britain until 2004 after which the responsibility passed to Defence Estates (DE).

Details of expenditure on upgrading SFA to SlfC are available only from Financial Year 2001-02 when DHE published its first Agency accounts. Expenditure was as follows:

Financial Year

£ million

2001-02

25.3

2002-03

25.5

2003-04

33.5

2004-05

18.1

2005-06

32.4

2006-07

16.4

The maintenance and investment in Service Families Accommodation overseas and in Northern Ireland is carried out by the respective budget holders. It is therefore held separately and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

During the period from 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2008 the Department upgraded over 15,000 houses in Great Britain to SlfC.