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RAF Brize Norton

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each standard for condition grade at RAF Brize Norton. (203210)

All single living accommodation (SLA) in Great Britain is assessed by grade for charge (GfC), an assessment of the chargeable condition which takes into account physical condition along with other factors such as the size of the property and closeness to amenities. Service family accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain is assessed by standard for condition (SfC), an assessment of the physical condition of the property alone. In both standard and grade, one is the highest and four the lowest.

SLA at RAF Brize Norton is at the following GfC

Number of SLA bed-spaces

As a percentage of the total stock

Grade 1

688

32

Grade 2

303

14

Grade 3

587

27

Grade 4

580

27

SFA is at the following SfC

Number of SFA properties

As a percentage of the total stock

SlfC

308

26

S2fC

532

45

S3fC

334

29

S4fC

0

0

While the Department recognises that some accommodation at Brize Norton is not of the standard that service personnel and their families deserve we are taking steps to address this. We plan to invest over £38 million to deliver some 670 new en-suite bed-spaces by 2012 after which around 70 per cent. of the SLA at Brize Norton will be at Grade 1 or 2. There will be no occupied Grade 4 accommodation at Brize Norton after 2008-09.

Regarding SFA, we plan to demolish and rebuild to the highest standard some 600 of the poorest condition SFA properties.

From 2012, RAF Brize Norton will become the UK's single air port of embarkation for the deployment and recovery of forces and material committed to operations and training. Programme CATARA (the Centralisation of Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling assets and Associated Units), is taking forward the development and reconfiguration of the station's infrastructure to ensure RAF Brize Norton's future contribution to the Defence output can be delivered effectively and efficiently. In connection with this project, we will provide an additional 200 SFA.