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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of overseas (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units there are in each condition grade in each country. (266935)

With the exception of Germany all overseas Service Family Accommodation (SFA) has been assessed for its Standard for Condition (SfC), a measure of the physical condition of the property.

As at April 2008, overseas SFA was at the following SfC:

S1fCS2fCS3fCS4fCTotal

Country

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Cyprus

287

12

401

18

151

7

1,411

63

2,250

55

Falkland/Ascension Islands

15

16

21

22

49

51

11

11

96

3

Gibraltar

160

35

24

6

74

16

197

43

455

11

Rest of the world

94

8

658

52

218

17

285

23

1,255

31

Total

556

13

1104

29

492

12

1904

46

4,056

Germany SFA is assessed for its Grade for Charge (GfC), an assessment of a property's condition and other factors including scale (size), location and environmental factors.

As at November 2008 Germany SFA was at the following GfC:

G1fCG2fCG3fCG4fC

Country

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Total

Germany

2,058

16

5,943

47

3,508

30

1,061

7

12,570

All Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is separately assessed for its physical condition and 'scale' (as defined in Joint Service Publication 315 which is available to view at:

http://www.defence-estates.mod.uk/publications/jsp/jsp315/volumel/index.php

As at June 2008, the latest date for which figures are available, SLA was at the following grade:

Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Total

Country

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Cyprus

26

2

614

43

782

55

1,422

6

Falkland/Ascension Islands

10

3

3,438

99.7

3,448

16

Germany

2,639

17

1,547

10

4,746

31

6,504

42

15,436

69

Gibraltar

225

52

84

19

128

29

437

2

Rest of the world

32

2

44

3

59

3

1,523

92

1,658

7

Total

2,707

12

1,816

8

5,503

25

12,375

55

22,401

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland is in each condition grade. (266936)

An asset survey of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales has recently been undertaken to help plan and prioritise the maintenance and improvement of SFA properties more effectively and to target resources at areas of greatest need. Of the 44,000 SFA properties in England and Wales, over 40,500 have so far been surveyed. The following Standard for Condition (SfC) of these properties are provided in the table below.

SFC

Number

Percentage

S1FC

12,983

32

S2FC

23,127

57

S3FC

4,057

10

S4FC

406

1

The remaining properties will be surveyed between now and April 2010 and consideration is being given to undertaking similar surveys of SFA in Scotland and Northern Ireland (NI).

Current data for Scotland are provided in the following table.

SFC

Number

Percentage

S1FC

3,120

97

S2FC

102

3

S3FC

5

1

At present, no data are available for NI, however the accommodation is considered to be generally in good condition.

All Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is separately assessed for its physical condition and scale. As at June 2008, SLA was at the following grade:

Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4

Country

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Total

England

30,705

25

15,702

13

18,862

15

56,799

47

122,068

Northern Ireland

1,002

24

960

23

1,402

34

776

19

4,140

Scotland

2,555

33

1,559

20

1,677

21

2,041

26

7,832

Wales

671

21

1,277

39

160

5

1,129

35

3,237

UK Total

34,933

26

19,498

14

22,101

16

60,745

44

137,277

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units were in each condition grade in each year since 2001. (266945)

The requested information will take time to collate and verify. I will write to the hon. Member with the information that is available and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.