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Service Accommodation

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of service accommodation for armed forces personnel and their families; and if he will make a statement. (267199)

A condition survey has been carried out on Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales as set out in my written ministerial statement on 17 March. This confirms that the vast majority of properties fall within the two highest standards for condition. The National Audit Office has recently assessed independently that SFA in the two highest standards for condition meet or exceed the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. We recognise that some properties do not meet the high standards to which we aspire—and that Service personnel and their families deserve—and more needs to be done, but we are making progress even though we are having to make good decades of underinvestment.